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Rijeka's Adriatic Gate Container Terminal lifts 20pc more in 2019

CROATIA's Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) in the Port of Rijeka handled 271,800 TEU last year, representing a year-on-year increase of 20 per cent

02 February 2020 - 19:00

CROATIA's Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) in the Port of Rijeka handled 271,800 TEU last year, representing a year-on-year increase of 20 per cent. The growth was attributed to the launch of new intermodal services to and from Central Europe, while domestic volumes stagnated.

AGCT's Brajdica terminal served 314 containerships in regular weekly traffic last year.



The terminal plans further growth and is working in close cooperation with the Rijeka port authorities, the railway operators and shipping companies, aiming to position themselves in a gateway terminal for the markets of Central and Southeast Europe, according to a report by news portal seebiz.eu.



In October, China's Cosco Shipping Lines commenced a new Rijeka Land Sea Express, a weekly vessel and intermodal service linking the Croatian port to Central European countries. The service comprises a regular maritime Piraeus-Rijeka Express Service (PRS), as well as a block train railway service on the routes Rijeka-Budapest-Rijeka and Rijeka-Belgrade-Rijeka aligned with it, reported Bulgaria's SeeNews.



With the new PRS service, Cosco offers a transit 32-day trip from eastern China to Hungary's Budapest and a transit 28-day trip from southern China to Budapest, using the ports of Piraeus and Rijeka.



AGCT is a 49/51 joint venture of Croatia's main port operator, Luka Rijeka, and International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), established following a 30-year partnership deal for the operation, management and development of AGCT signed by the two shareholders in March 2011.



In November, ICTSI said it is planning to expand AGCT's capacities to be able to accommodate the largest ships in the northern Adriatic. In addition, works have been in progress on upgrading AGCT's on-dock rail terminal to offer an annual capacity of 360,000 TEU, following which the total terminal yard capacity is expected to reach 600,000 TEU per year.


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