Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) in Rijeka, Croatia reached a significant milestone, surpassing 300,000 TEUs on December 23, 2020 and setting a new record annual terminal volume.
Following a 20 percent growth in 2019, AGCT grew a further 12 percent in 2020 year to date, driven by a 30 percent increase in rail volumes.
With the successful development of the new intermodal yard including the commissioning of two RMGs and new shunting tunnel, the terminal has significantly increased rail capacity.
“Whilst we traditionally mainly focused on the local market with select services to neighboring 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 percent of volume now coming from outside the Croatian market and from East and Central Europe, AGCT will continue developing the port and intermodal offering,” said Emmanuel Papagiannakis, AGCT CEO.
The 300,000th TEU was an export container, which arrived by train on a regular rail service from Central Europe, and was seamlessly loaded to a vessel deployed on one of the direct ocean services connecting North Adriatic to the Far East.
Papagiannakis added: “We would like to thank all our customers and rail partners for their support, our employees for their dedication and other stakeholders for their contribution that brought about this proud moment for AGCT and Rijeka.”
To mark the event, members of AGCT gathered for a special group photo prior to loading the milestone container to the vessel.
About Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT)
In March 2011, ICTSI forged a 30-year strategic partnership with Luka Rijeka D.D. for the operation, management, and development of Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) at the Port of Rijeka, Croatia’s main seaport. (www.ictsi.hr)
The International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines. International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is in the business of port development, management and operations. ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects are located in developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Independent with no shipping or consignee-related interests, ICTSI works and transacts transparently with all stakeholders of the supply chain. ICTSI continues to receive global acclaim for its public-private partnerships, which are focused on sustainable development, and supported by corporate social responsibility initiatives. (www.ictsi.com)