Rijeka, Croatia (PortSEurope) November 8, 2017 – Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), a gateway terminal of International Container Terminal Services, Inc., has partnered with Cedar Ltd. and AGIT to develop an intermodal service connecting AGCT via rail to Cedar’s wood production facility in Vrbovsko.
Freight solutions provider AGIT of HŽ Cargo Group transports the bulk of Cedar’s wood exports. From the Rijeka port, the products are exported to North Africa, Middle East, India and the Far East region via shipping lines.
“The collaboration of Cedar, AGIT, and AGCT is a perfect example of how intermodal solutions are supporting the success of large-scale production projects. We are very pleased that with increased share of intermodal transport at the Port of Rijeka, road traffic is reduced while more efficient and environmental friendly transport by railway and sea is increased,” said Wojciech Szymulewich, AGCT CEO.
In 2012, Cedar acquired an 180,000 square metre old saw mill in the west Croatian town of Vrbovsko, which is located along the transit lines halfway between Zagreb and Rijeka with good road and rail access. Cedar’s Vrbovsko facility has become one of the largest and most modern beech wood manufacturing facilities in Europe.
“Part of the project was to build an intermodal container yard on our land connected to the Vrbovsko rail tracks and purchase container handling equipment such as reach stackers and automated container stuffing machines. The new and direct intermodal link with AGCT via rail enables sustainable and cost-effective logistics. I am very happy with the results and fruitful efforts of involved business partners,” said Darko Prodan, Cedar Director.
The Port of Rijeka has experienced an increase in container traffic due to the growing wood exports, with volume for the first eight months in 2017 exceeding the overall volume in 2016. AGCT looks to further strengthen cooperation with the Croatian wood industry to maximize the potential of intermodal connectivity in exporting Croatian wood to the world market.
Headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is in the business of port development, management and operations. As an independent business with no shipping, logistics or consignee-related interests, ICTSI works and transacts transparently with any stakeholder in the port community.
In March 2011, ICTSI and Luka Rijeka d.d. signed a 30-year strategic partnership for the operation, management and development of the Bradjica Container Terminal in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia’s main seaport. The terminal is operated by Adriatic Gate jsc, a unit of Luka Rijeka. ICTSI Capital BV, a Netherlands-based subsidiary of ICTSI, and Luka Rijeka signed agreements allowing the former to buy 51 percent Adriatic Gate. The terminal has been renamed to Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT).
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