CROATIA's Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) in Rijeka has reached a significant milestone, surpassing 300,000 TEU on December 23 and setting a new record annual terminal volume.
Following a 20 per cent growth in 2019, AGCT grew a further 12 per cent in 2020 year to date, driven by a 30 per cent increase in rail volumes, despite the challenges of the global pandemic.
The 300,000th TEU was an export container, which arrived by train on a regular rail service from Central Europe, and was seamlessly loaded to a vessel deployed on one of the direct ocean services connecting North Adriatic to the Far East.
Emmanuel Papagiannakis, AGCT CEO, commented: "Whilst we traditionally mainly focused on the local market with select services to neighboring countries, a reliable intermodal product led to new rail services to Central Europe and East Europe, which increased options for shippers, leading to higher volumes.
"With 70 percent of volume now coming from outside the Croatian market and from East and Central Europe, AGCT will continue developing the port and intermodal offering. We would like to thank all our customers and rail partners for their support, our employees for their dedication and other stakeholders for their contribution that brought about this proud moment for AGCT and Rijeka."