Diesel fuel on tracks from Gdańsk to Czechia

Lotos Kolej, the third-largest rail freight operator in Poland, has entered a new market. It started to transport diesel fuel from Gdańsk to neighbouring Czechia by using its own locomotives and wagons. Czechia is the third country where Lotos Kolej performs its operations.

The first shipment was delivered from Poland to Czechia by Lotos Kolej this week. It consisted of 22 wagons loaded with 1,200 tonnes of B0 diesel duel. Lotos Kolej transported the fuel from the Gdańsk Olszynka station, which is located close to the Gdańsk refinery, to Studénka station in 22 kilometres southwest from Ostrava. In Studénka the wagons were picked up by the Czech partner of Lotos Kolej and were shunted to nearby Sedlnice freight station. The latter is known due to the storage facility of Čepro, the Czech state-owned fuel trading company and the owner of the country’s largest network of filling stations branded as EuroOil.

Lotos Kolej started its operations in Czechia owing to the safety certificate issued by the Czech supervisory authority Drážní Úřad in February. The document authorises the Polish company to carry freight in the neighbouring country with its own rolling stock until October 2024. “The expansion of operations to three countries is an opportunity for Lotos Kolej to both increase the order portfolio and optimise transport costs. We hope for the consistent development of our business also in Czechia. This is proved by the rail freight transportation at the customer’s request,” said Jaromir Falandysz, the Deputy CEO of Lotos Kolej.

German license

Besides the Czech success, Lotos Kolej has also stepped up in Germany. The railway company has been running here since 2015. In early June, it obtained a new safety certificate from the German Federal Railway Office (Eisenbahn-Bundesamt). This license also covers the period until 2024. Lotos Kolej transported more than 550,000 tonnes of goods in Germany last year. For operations on the German market, the Polish rail freight company has a fleet of Bombardier TRAXX multisystem locomotives.

Lotos Kolej

Lotos Kolej (‘Lotos Railway’ in Polish) is a part of Grupa Lotos, one of the two Polish refinery holdings (another one is PKN Orlen). The rail freight operator was incorporated in 2003. It is focused on transporting liquid freight, mostly oil products that are produced at the Gdańsk refinery, also owned by Grupa Lotos.

In 2019 Lotos Kolej transported more than 12.8 million tonnes of goods or 5.42 per cent of the total rail freight in Poland and, therefore, kept its traditional third place, after PKP Cargo and DB Cargo Polska, in the ranking of the Polish rail freight operators. As for transport performance, Lotos Kolej shows better figures: it is on the second place after PKP Cargo with 9.79 per cent or 5,474 million net tonne-kilometres (the 2019 results).

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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