Koper, Slovenia (PortSEurope) February 13, 2020 – Luka Koper has completed the construction of the additional railway access for the Car and Ro-Ro terminal at the port. The railway lines are routed to the second largest storing area for cars in the north-east part of the port. The investments consists of four 700-metre long lines with dedicated hydraulic loading/unloading ramps and adaptive lighting to ensure
proper visibility on both decks of railcars during night operations. The new facility will reduce distances between storage areas and train loading points, improving productivity and flexibility of rail operations. This is the first major investment in 2020 to be completed at the car and Ro-Ro terminal. There are another two current investments – the new berth for car-carriers, which should be completed soon, and the garage for 6,000 cars, expected to be completed by year-end. Efficient cargo rail connections to central and eastern Europe are key to Koper port retaining and improving its competitiveness, as it is challenged by other Adriatic ports such as Trieste and Venice with equivalent rail assets. As an example, last month, Ljubljana-based intermodal transport company Adria Kombi and Austria’s Rail Cargo Operator jointly started a new railway service connecting Koper Container Terminal with Bratislava. Such services are key to the Slovenian port. Also key to the port is the second track on the 27-km-long railway linking the port of Koper to the town of Divaca, improving the port’s connection to the wider TEN-T European railway network and increasing freight capacity and volumes. The project has been progressing very slowly. The increase in rail capacity is considered crucial by Koper port if it is to retain competitiveness in the future. The Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure has been constantly trying to upgrade the project for the construction of a second track of the Divača-Koper railway line into a two-lane line. Legal grounds for the expansion, an amendment to the law and a building permit are all still required. In 2019, Koper port handled a total of 22.79 million tons of goods, down -5.2% on the previous year following nine consecutive years of increases. The 27.1 kilometres long route of the second track between Divača and Koper descends from Divača on the Karst plateau to the coastal area with an altitude of a few meters above sea level. Because of the difficult terrain, environmental constraints and more than 400 metres of altitude difference, the so-called tunnel variant proved to be the most appropriate, with 75 % of the route in tunnels. The concessionaire is 2TDK d.o.o. (Project Development Company), a 100 % state-owned company, a special purpose entity, established for the development of the Second track Divača-Koper railway line and based in Ljubljana. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.