RUSSIAN intermodal operator
TransContainer will shut down its Slovakian subsidiary and terminate its
lease five years early on the Dobra intermodal terminal located 10
kilometres from the border with Ukraine.
The move comes as the conflict between
Russia and Ukraine has resulted in more Eurasian rail freight being
routed via Belarus or Kaliningrad, further reducing the volume of
containers handled at Dobra that has an annual handling capacity of
The Dobra terminal was designed for rapid transshipment of containers
between the 1,520 mm Russian guage railway and 1,435 mm standard gauge
rail networks, UK Railway Gazette reported.
In December 2008 TransContainer agreed to a 15-year lease on the
18-hectare facility from ZSSK Cargo, with a view to developing a
Eurasian landbridge corridor serving central and southern Europe, with
through services linking Moscow and the Adriatic ports.
The initiative was seen as a precursor to the proposed broad-gauge
railway to Wien and Bratislava. However, it was not until November 2009
that TransContainer started its first train service to Dobra, conveying
traffic from South Korea, and volumes passing through the gateway have
never met expectations.
At the end of last year, Russian Railways sold its majority stake in
TransContainer to logistics specialist Delo Group, which has since been
reviewing the operator’s business to focus on growth opportunities.