International forum Multimodal 2016: Bridge Between Europe and Asia had hosted interesting presentations of many experts in their area. Here are highlights from the forum:
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APM Izmir terminal kicks off
The new container port of Aegean Sea, APM Terminals Izmir, is ready for service, as stated by Mr Burak Erden, Head of Commercial of APM Terminals Turkey. In cooperation with Petkim, the Turkish petrochemical company, APM has built a container and general deep-water terminal at Petkim Port in Aliaga, Izmir with a capacity of 1.3 mn TEU.
Freight up by 50% on TRACECA
The cargo transported on TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe Caucaus Asia) had increased from 53 million tonnes in 2007 to 80 million tonnes in 2014, as stated by Dr Secil Ozyanik, expert at TRACECA.
Istanbul-Denmark: USD 3475
The transport corridor via Viking Train offers a rate of USD 3475 for 20’ container between Istanbul and Denmark, using Ro-Ro service from Haydarpasa to Illychevsk, Viking Train to Klaipeda and container service to Denmark, as stated by Artem Khachaturian, General Director of Plaske.
Russia still best alternative
Although a couple of alternatives have been tested, northern route via Russia is still the fastest and cheapest option for rail freight between China and Europe, as agreed by audience of Multimodal 2016.
Istanbul to host Trans-Caspian workshop
The next Trans-Caspian workshop will be done in Istanbul by the end of this summer, as stated by Tanat Kuangaliyev, Director of Customer Relations Department of KTZ Express. The participants are working on better, faster and cheaper service on Trans-Caspian rail corridor.
Lithuania: Hub for East-West traffic
Lithuania aims to be a hub for Eurasia rail traffic, having both standard and broad gauge tracks and using 47% EU funds for improving railways, as stated by Julijus Glebovas, Deputy Head of multimodal transport and development division of Lithuanian Railways.
Foldable containers: 4 in 1
Cost of returning of empty containers, which is almost 25% of all, will decrease by foldable containers, where 4 empty folded containers can be transported as one container, as stated by Clark van Oeveren, Business Development Manager of Holland Container Innovations.
Biggest client of biggest intermodal operator from Turkey
Ekol, the Turkish logistics company, is the biggest client of Kombiverkehr, the biggest intermodal operator of Europe, as stated by Udo Sauerbrey, Managing Director of Railistics.
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