Project completed to upgrade Belarus' Brest North railway container terminal
BELARUSIAN Railways has completed a US$10 million project to modernise the container terminal of the Brest North railway station that was started in 2018
BELARUSIAN Railways has completed a US$10 million project to modernise the container terminal of the Brest North railway station that was started in 2018.
The terminal development project in eastern Europe comes at a time of rising freight volumes. The facility is expected to create opportunities for developing new freight transportation routes between the east and west, reported Belarsus News, Minsk.
The project involved reconfiguring the railway lines, expanding the space for reloading and storing containers, as well as equipping the terminal with modern cranes and high-performance reach stackers. Using new technology, the site can now sort containers based on their destination and the customer's requirements.
The container site now occupies 50,000 square metres. The platform for unloading and loading containers using reach stackers occupies 1,700 square metres of the total area.
With the new infrastructure, Belarusian Railways can offer popular services to the private sector such as container storage, consolidation and shorter processing times. According to Belarusian Railways, at present the Brest North station and the Brest East station require 8.5 hours to process a container train that needs reloading and shuttles between the east and the west.
Belarusian Railways plans to continue improving the technology of processing container trains. The reloading capacity will be increased. These measures will raise the average daily container reloading capability by 50 per cent. The container storage area will be doubled.
In the first seven months of the year Belarusian Railways handled 178,300 TEU between China and Europe in transit via Belarus, a year-on-year increase of 107 per cent. Indeed, some 80 per cent of the freight transported in containers in transit via Belarus and on the way to Europe is handled by the Brest North container terminal.
Thanks to the upgraded terminal, container volumes between the east and the west are forecast to hit 500,000 TEU by 2020 and reach one million TEU by 2025.