Austrian shippers get direct rail link to Croatian port of Rijeka
A new weekly blocktrain has been established between the port of Rijeka in Croatia and Enns in Austria. It is the first direct rail freight link between the two cities, operated by Maersk Line with CD Cargo Adria.
The first train headed for Container Terminal Enns (CTE) left from Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) on 11 November. This week it was impacted by the strike in Austria, which caused delays throughout the network, but trains are already back on track as the weekend approaches.
“For the first time ever, major Austrian shippers can be directly connected by rail to AGCT Rijeka, providing a valuable alternative route with reliable transit times”, said Emmanuel Papagiannakis, CEO of the terminal in Rijeka.
For the Adriatic terminal, the connection with the Austrian market illustrates the increasing significance of AGCT as a gateway for Central Europe and Southeast Europe. It shows that there is more than the northern ports for hinterland traffic, as the Adriatic ports have demonstrated over the years.
50 modal split
The port of Rijeka stands out in that regard with its capacity. The AGTC now has a capacity of 600,000 TEUs, and rail accounts for 50 per cent of its modal split. This is partly thanks to the rail liberalisation of Croatia, but also a result of the upgrades of the intermodal terminal. In the past two years, it went from one to four railways tracks and 2 RNG cranes, a spokesperson explained.
New rail connections from the port are not excluded to Austria. In May, the first-ever direct train to Czech Republic was established, and it already has a network of regular weekly block trains to Serbia, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.