A new multimodal itinerary launched between the Turkish port Karasu and Polish town Slawkow via Chornomorsk port, as announced by Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) during the international conference ‘Multimodal transport route: Black Sea – Baltic Sea. Development, strategy, projects’ having taken place in the end of May as a part of Ukrainian Ports Forum 2021.
As per the USPA representative, containers would go from the Turkish port to Chornomorsk by a ferry boat, and then by railroad directly to the multimodal terminal in Slawkow from where they should be dispatched to Scandinavia and North Europe.
Reportedly, the total way between Karasu and Slawkow takes 96 hrs while the cost is €1,500 per box, and the trial shipment of 25 boxes had already been sent.
“The next phase envisages expansion of up to 2 itineraries between terminals, and the third one embraces tractorless haulage of road truck containers”, USPA said, also pointing out that the alternative delivery between the same areas but via Adriatic ports is similar by the time taken but more expensive.
“To implement this route we have reconstructed a rail track in Chornomorsk Port at a record-setting pace, while Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) has prepared the rail infrastructure, and Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine had prepared the draft Law on Multimodal Transport”, USPA summed up.