Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) in Rijeka, Croatia, delivered double digit growth last year to surpass 300,000 teu, buoyed by strong growth in rail volumes.
The facility hit the milestone in late December, growing by 12% to set a new record annual terminal volume following a significant increase in rail capacity.
A 30% jump in rail volumes drove the improvement, benefiting from the development of a new intermodal yard including the commissioning of two rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes and a new shunting tunnel.
Emmanuel Papagiannakis, AGCT CEO, said: “Whilst we traditionally mainly focused on the local market with select services to neighbouring countries, a reliable intermodal product led to new rail services to Central Europe and East Europe, which increased options for shippers, leading to higher volumes.
“With 70% of volume now coming from outside the Croatian market and from East and Central Europe, AGCT will continue developing the port and intermodal offering.”
The 300,000th box was an export container, which arrived by train on a regular rail service from Central Europe, and was loaded onto a vessel deployed on one of the direct ocean services connecting North Adriatic to the Far East.
The terminal is operated under a 30-year partnership between International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Luka Rijeka, which began in 2011.