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Editor in chief: Angelo Scorza
17/06/19 12:14

Croatia to welcome mega containerships

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal, a subsidiary of ICTSI in Rijeka, is to implement a comprehensive expansion plan up to mid-2020

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), the subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) at the port of Rijeka, Croatia, is set to implement a comprehensive expansion plan in the period up to mid-2020.

It is known that in March 2011 ICTSI forged a 30-year strategic partnership with Luka Rijeka D.D. for the operation, management, and development of AGCT.

Now in close cooperation with Rijeka Port Authority, AGCT has drawn up plans for a two-phase dredging scheme with the first phase fully-approved, entailing the dredging of 130 meters of quay over its Berths 1 and 2; this will facilitate the berthing of vessels with LOA of 400 meters. Work will be completed by mid-2020 and provide 438 meters berth with a depth alongside of 15 meters.

Financing for the infrastructure works has been provided by the EU and PRA, with ICTSI undertaking all the associated necessary investment in quayside and landside handling systems, as well as the increased coverage of the terminal’s state-of-the-art IT systems.

The second phase foresees additional dredging alongside the 438m of quay to a depth of 16.5 meters; once completed, this project will make AGCT the first terminal in the northern Adriatic able to berth vessels of up to 20,000 TEUs capacity.

Complementing these initiatives are new Super Post Panamax cranes with an outreach of 24 rows, new rubber tyred gantries (RTGs) and prime movers introduced on the landside.

Work is also now advanced on upgrading AGCT’s on-dock rail terminal to offer an annual capacity of 360,000 TEUs per year. The upgraded rail yard will feature 2 new RMGs over 4 rail lines; the upgrade will be completed in the last quarter of 2019 and total terminal yard capacity will be increased up to 600,000 TEUs per year.

AGCT is configured to optimize road and rail connectivity, offering a direct connection to the highway and a competitive average truck dwell time of just 13 minutes in the export cycle and 19 minutes in the import cycle; some 40% of the terminal’s annual throughput now moves via rail, and this is expected to increase to 60%.

Regular services operated by rail directly from AGCT include cross border services to Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and within Croatia to Zagreb. With spare capacity in the rail system and a fully liberalized rail market in operation, providing access to private rail operators, AGCT is very confident that working with its shipping line clients and common user operators will continue to extend its market reach and grow the terminal’s rail market share.