International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) Croatia has drawn up plans for a two-phase dredging scheme that will enable the Port of Rijeka to berth vessels of up to 20,000 teu capacity.
The first phase has already been approved and entails the dredging of 130 m of quay over berths one and two, operated by ICTSI’s subsidiary Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT).
The work will facilitate the berthing of vessels with a length overall (LOA) of up to 400 m and is expected to be completed by mid-2020, providing 438 m of berth with a depth alongside of 15 m.
Wojciech Szymulewicz, AGCT chief executive officer, said: “We have decided to do this against a background of steady demand but, more importantly, to keep pace with the requirements of our clients in terms of both ship size and a rise in intermodal rail activity.”
The plans have been made in close cooperation with the Rijeka Port Authority and the second phase will see additional dredging alongside the 438 m of quay to a depth of 16.5 m.
ICTSI will handle all the associated necessary investment in quayside and landside handling systems, as well as increased coverage of the terminal’s IT systems while the EU and PRA have provided financing for the infrastructure works.
Szymulewicz added: “The capacity expansion will also deliver an overall boost to efficiency levels at the terminal, building upon the strengths we have already established in terms of vessel and truck turnaround as well as intermodal rail connectivity.”
The terminal offers a direct connection to the highway and a truck dwell time of 13 minutes in the export cycle and 19 minutes in the important cycle.
Approximately 40% of AGCT’s annual throughput moves via rail but it is expected to increase to a level of 60% as the terminal is configured to optimise rail and road connectivity.
It operates regular rail services directly from AGCT, including cross border services to Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and within Croatia to the capital city of Zagreb.
ICTSI’s senior vice president and regional head of Europe-Middle East-Africa, said: “The Port of Rijeka and AGCT are a very competitive option in the Adriatic.
“While the volume through AGCT has risen modestly year-on-year, the expansion programme will future proof the terminal in terms of both providing new volume capacity for the longer term and meeting new system requirements, notably accommodating bigger vessels and boosting the intermodal rail capability.”