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Hungarian terminal in Trieste is one step closer to realisation

Image: Adria Port

The Port Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, which manages the port of Trieste, launched a tender for the works necessary to requalify the terminal in the port that will be managed by the Hungarian government. The estimated investment for this contract revolves around 45 million euros.

The idea for the new facility, which will be called Adria Port, came to be last October to provide landlocked Hungary with an outlet on the Adriatic Sea. The actions encompassed in the tender include a partial quaying of the Noghere terminal, dredging the waterway, and creating a connection to the main road network. Those who wish to participate in the tender can do so until 2 October 2023. Whoever will win the contract will be bound to their offer for a period of six months.

Rail at the centre of the Adria Port terminal

The terminal area will cover 34 hectares and it will be equipped with new quays for 650 metres and it will function as an import-export platform for Hungary. It will be built in the area where the Aquila refinery, which was closed in the 1980s, used to be. Construction is expected to take roughly two years. The total cost of the project should be around 200 million euros, 45 of which will be financed by the Italian Plan for Recovery and Resiliency.

The railway will be the protagonist of the new terminal. There are already six to eight daily trains between Trieste and Budapest. This number will likely increase once the terminal is completed. The Aquilinia station is also undergoing maintenance work. The station will soon be equipped with four tracks suitable for 750-metres-long trains, which will be able to carry 40-foot containers as well as mega-trailers.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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