While container lines departing directly from Turkey are in decline, a new multimodal line is presented yesterday in Pendik. Global Shipping, known in Turkey with container vessel running between Turkey and Romania, is to merge with group intermodal company as Global Multimodal, and continue door-to-door service between Turkey and Europe.
Global Multimodal has 2 departures a week, stopping in Izmit Limas Port and Gemlik Borusan Port, taking containers to Constanta by their vessels, and then to main terminal in Ploiesti by railway.
The containers coming from Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania are collected in this terminal with 1000 TEU capacity, which will be extended to 3000 TEU this year, and sent to important industrial regions of Europe via Paskov, Curtuci, Mannheim, Duisburg, Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Genk terminals.
In last two years, intermodal lines bypassing Southeast Europe and reaching to Europe via Trieste terminal have become so popular. These lines have the advantage of not being affected from construction works in Turkey and Bulgaria and other problems in Balkan region.
Global Multimodal, different than all others prefering Trieste, is connecting Turkey to Europe by Constanta, Romania. Thus, North Balkan region is now under coverage of this line. Another advantage of this line is giving service to Gemlik and Bursa, both of which is far away from railway network.
Official website: http://www.globalmultimodal.eu/