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ÖBB: Rail Cargo Group strengthens hinterland transports to and from the port of Rijeka


Croatia has invested in the expansion and further development of the Adriatic port of Rijeka in recent years. Together with the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group, the rail logistics services at the port are now to be expanded. A letter of intent was signed between the port and RCG as part of Advantage Austria's economic mission.  

Importance of the Port of Rijeka increases
Rijeka is, along with Koper and Trieste, a central port in the Mediterranean corridor of the trans-European transport networks. The investment volume in the port of Rijeka is considerable. Work is currently underway on the Rijeka Gateway project financed by the World Bank to the tune of EUR 186.6 million. The aim is to further increase capacity at the port and improve the performance and quality of services in the port of Rijeka in order to meet the growing demand for transport. The aim is to develop the Croatian port into a strong intermodal center for the Central European market over the next three to four years.  

Joint commitment to further strengthen the railways

ÖBB has been active on the Croatian market for more than 25 years - both with operator services, its own logistics branch and for 3 years also successfully as a railway transport company (EVU). RCG currently operates regular conventional and intermodal connections to and from the port. Almost 1 million tons are handled annually between Rijeka and Austria. Raw materials such as ore and coal are transported.  
"The port of Rijeka is becoming increasingly important for the Central European economy. The cooperation with Rail Cargo Group, one of the largest European rail transport companies, is very important for us here. The cooperation with the Croatian branch is excellent," says Denis Vukorepa, Director of the Rijeka Port Authority.  
In addition, high-frequency intermodal connections between the RCG Terminal BILK in Budapest and Rijeka are now to be established, thus ensuring an efficient connection to the growing economic region of Central Europe. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has now been signed between the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group and the port operator Luka Rijeka. The aim is to increase the transfer of traffic from road to rail, to strengthen the European hinterland network and to further strengthen the Port of Rijeka in order to achieve a sustainable increase in freight volumes to and from the Port of Rijeka. „We are certain that the signed MoU shall strengthen our partnership and enable further development of both RCG and Luka Rijeka“, said Bartłomiej Pastwa, Management Board member of Luka Rijeka.

Rail Cargo Group: Freight traffic of the ÖBB

The Rail Cargo Group is one of the leading rail logistics companies in Europe with annual sales of 2.2 billion euros and 8,700 employees. Together with strong partners, the Rail Cargo Group offers a comprehensive network of end-to-end-logistics in Europe and far beyond to Asia. It connects European conurbations and ports with prosperous economic centers in Russia, Turkey and all the way to China. The Rail Cargo Group's lead operating company is Rail Cargo Austria AG.  

ÖBB: Austria's largest mobility service provider
As a comprehensive mobility service provider, the ÖBB Group brings 459 million passengers and 115 million tons of goods to the destination in an environmentally friendly manner every year. Rail passengers travel in a particularly climate-friendly manner. This is because 100 percent of traction power comes from renewable energy sources. In 2017, ÖBB was one of the most punctual railways in Europe with around 96 percent punctuality. Throughout the Group, 41,107 train and bus employees (plus around 1,900 apprentices) ensure that around
1.3 million passengers reach their destinations every day. The Group's strategic lead company is ÖBB-Holding AG. 

Photo caption (left to right):
Tomislav Kalafatic (Port Luka Rijeka) 
Bartolomiej Pastawa (Port Luka Rijeka)
Bernhard Ebner (Rail Cargo Group)
Erik Regter (Rail Cargo Group)

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