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Railways News 08-2017

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Container Terminal Enns CTE is expanding its offering with a direct transport operation to Greece and strong growth

Since April, customers have been able to take advantage of a direct rail connection to Greece with the Cosco shipping company via Container Terminal Enns (CTE) in Austria. Up to three trains a week depart Enns, heading to Piraeus via Slovakia, Serbia and Romania. “It represents a significant expansion of our services to south-eastern Europe and it makes our terminal a more attractive option,” explains CTE’s Managing Director Michael Heinemann.

With this development, Enns is strengthening its position as the perfect hub for rail transport operations to south-eastern Europe. Furthermore, the trimodal terminal is an important location for transport operations in the Austrian market. The facility near Linz is located in one of Austria’s most important economic centres and lies right on the main rail route to Vienna and Bratislava. With the connection to the Danube it offers transhipping options between rail, road and inland waterway vessel.

Container Terminal Enns

DB Cargo and Kaindl Invest KG, working in partnership with Ennshafen, have been operating the terminal since 1 April 2015. For DB Cargo, CTE has become an important node in the rail freight company’s network. In the 2016 business year more than 300,000 TEU were transhipped in around 210,000 handlings. The terminal’s new services and digitised operating procedures are also attracting new customers and bigger volumes.

As a result of this impressive performance, the Austrian transport ministry is making available development funds to further expand CTE. The considerable support provided by the agency underlines the significance of Terminal Enns in the central area of Upper Austria. Further development of the terminal is planned in 2018.

New digitised processes delivering better efficiency and quality are also on the way. With the FASTLANE pilot project, the operators are introducing paperless HGV and rail dispatching at Container Terminal Enns. With “Digitrans”, CTE is the project partner for the automation of operating processes at the terminal. Working together with other partners, various automation options for the equipment in the terminal are being developed and tested. (mh)