Photo: Port of Kiel
A new direct kombi train connection has been established between the Baltic German Port of Kiel and the Italian Port of Trieste.
The first set of 16 double pocket wagons - able to take on-board 32 units, including swap bodies and containers - took off in Trieste on January 25th, and arrived at Kiel's Schwedenkai the next day, covering the distance of 1,360 km in 26 hours.
After a trial phase of several weeks, the train will operate regularly once per week in both directions after Easter, leaving Trieste on Wednesdays, and arriving in Kiel on Thursdays. Provided the service grabs sufficient demand, it can be extended up to two weekly runs to and from both ports.
The new service has been logistically arranged by the Turkish Istanbul-headquartered company EKOL, with the support of Stena Line. As such, there're ferry services connecting Trieste with Turkey, while the Scandinavian markets can be ferry-reached via Kiel.
"Business partners from four European countries have been working with great commitment on the realization of this project for several months. In particular, I want to thank our Turkish partner for the good and trustful cooperation," Dirk Claus, Port of Kiel's Managing Director, said.
He further added, "I am convinced that intermodal transport between the Baltic region and the Mediterranean will keep getting more and more important. The new direct train will relocate traffic from road to rail, and is a showcase project on the European TEN-T corridor between the Adriatic and Baltic Seas."