Rail traffic growth: Port of Trieste ready to sustain increase
TRIESTE - Numbers clearly say Trieste is finally and definitely growing also on the container intermodal traffics. Six new block trains links opened in something more than 6 months, + 12,5% on the total rail volumes, + 42,7% on the international rail traffic and a short term prospective of new trains and connections to be activated within 2016.
Total numbers are not huge yet, but, is all this sustainable in the medium term? Is Trieste container terminal and port infrastructure ready to cope with such a growth ?
Shipping Lines services in Adriatic are changing: plans for 2017 are not official yet, but after the significant space reduction carried out by some Lines during 2016, insiders guess on a new important vessels upgrade at the beginning of 2017.
Adriatic ports are more and more considered as an effective and efficient alternative solution for the cargo moved to/from Central and Easter Europe and, for some countries, are already the main gateway by far.
In this scenario, Trieste seems the only Adriatic port really able to sustain a further significant growth. The container terminal has a capacity of more than 800.000 Teu and handled 450.000 in 2015. Means quite some space to grow. The rail infrastructure can operate and dispatch more than 7000 trains /year whilst at present 5000 trains are moved. At the same time, several rail operators are already working in Trieste, showing the Port to be open and neutral for every company to move new trains. The good performance of recent new Budapest and Burghausen connections shows customers confidence on Trieste is growing and that Trieste properly answered to this trust.
Last but not least, the short term investment plan to further increase the rail infrastructure capacity (first works will be already completed within the summer of 2016) saves Trieste from bottlenecks, moreover the already approved and financed medium term plan for the rail infrastructure (beginning of 2018) will allow to double the present shunting area capacity.
No doubts Customers always lead and they will decide how to route their cargo. Trieste Marine Terminal and the Trieste intermodal system are ready to comply with the hoped volume growth which could materialize.