COSCO adds 4th service on Land-Sea Express Line

Rail freight terminal in port of Piraeus. Source: Ocean Rail

COSCO has opened a fourth route on its Land-Sea Express Line. A train departed from the port of Trieste on Monday, to arrive in Velenje, Slovenia the next day. It is one example of how alternative gateways to Europe are gaining importance for Eurasian trade.

If anyone has understood the relevance of the combined sea-rail service, it is COSCO Shipping Lines. Ocean Rail Logistics, COSCO’s rail subsidiary company in Greece, has been offering services on the Land-Sea Express since 2017. Velenje as the latest addition was preceded by connections through the port of Piraeus (Greece), Rijeka (Croatia), and Valencia (Spain).

The new service

The new blocktrain was launched for the transportation of products from Chinese home appliances manufacturer Hisense. The train was loaded with 32 containers destined for the Hisense facility in Slovenia.

At the launch ceremony of the Hisense train in Trieste, Executive Vice President of COSCO SHIPPING Lin Ji said that in the future, Hisense products produced in Velenje could also be transported in the opposite direction to Trieste, where they could be shipped by COSCO vessels to other destinations in Europe and beyond.

Southern ports of Europe

The ports in southern Europe have an important role to play now that the traditional supply chains are disrupted. The New Silk Road is witnessing turbulent times, with many shippers not willing to transit through Russia. Alternative routes via Kaliningrad are also subject to political unrest.

The southern ports of Europe have until now been in the shadow of the large ports in the north, but this could change with initiatives like the Sea Land Express. Cargo from Asia enters Europe via these ports, and is forwarded by rail to any European destination.

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

1 comment op “COSCO adds 4th service on Land-Sea Express Line”

bönström bönström|01.07.22|15:13

However, railways is “Bottleneck”…
High utilisation and capacity of existing, most vital, railways’ infrastructure and assets now has to be provided for! (“All” other devices upgrade load capacity, for reduced costs, etc.)
32,5 ton, safely allowed, axial load should be the timely min. and a win win, at any reinvestments, etc.!
Simply a risk of a risk, of a disturbance, means added costs, at “On Demand”, now Strategy of ware owners. Quality pays and in particular at transports!

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