HHLA expands intermodal activities to Ukraine focusing on rail
MAJOR German port operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has established its own intermodal company in Ukraine, the company announced
MAJOR German port operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has established its own intermodal company in Ukraine, the company announced.
The new Ukrainian Intermodal Company (UIC) offers container transport by rail between the Port of Odessa and important economic centres in the country. HHLA is thus expanding its successful intermodal business and extending its product range for fast, reliable and efficient hub-to-hub transport services in seaport-hinterland traffic.
Ukrainian ports have developed very dynamically in recent years. Last year, the throughput volume at the Black Sea port of Odessa increased by 8.5 per cent to almost 650,000 TEU.
However, at 22 per cent, rail only accounts for a small share of the container traffic between the port and the Ukrainian hinterland. By comparison, over 46 per cent of sea containers in Hamburg reach or leave the port in the environmentally friendly manner by rail, said the HHLA press release.
The rail system offers several advantages: the existing broad-gauge network optimally connects the largest inland economic centres with the Ukrainian coast. In comparison, large parts of the road network are in need of modernisation, it said.
Said HHLA International managing director Philip Sweens: 'With an efficient train system, transparent prices, simple booking processes and reliable timetables, we want to tap the considerable potential of the Ukrainian intermodal market.'