Mukran further expands hub function for New Silk Road

2020 10 30

558 article Mukran Port train service(© Mukran Port)

Weekly short sea service to Scandinavia and Lithuania launched / Direct train now connects Mukran and Rotterdam / Hinterland hub ElbePort Wittenberge will strengthen short sea network permanently from the end of October

Sassnitz-Mukran, 30October  2020 —MukranPort  significantly  expanded  its  transport connections  on  the  New  Silk  Road  in  October.  In  addition  to  a  direct  container  train between  Mukran  and  Rotterdam,  weekly  short  sea  services  to  Scandinavia  (Karlshamn, Sweden) and Lithuania (Klaipeda) now complement the Baltic Sea Port's service portfolio. In  addition,  Mukran  is  adding  the  ElbePort  Wittenberge  to  its  network  of  German hinterland  hubs.A  second  ship  now  operates  four  departures  in  each  direction  on  the Mukran-Baltijsk route.

The new transport links serve the European pre-and post-carriage of containers on the "Baltic Sea Bridge" -a transport corridor between Mukran and Xian in central China, which has now established a permanent part of the New Silk Road. Mukran Port can thus further strengthen itshub function in international freight traffic with China.

"The  new  services  are  an  excellent  addition  to  our  existing  network,  which  already  includes numerous  hubs  in  Germany  and  the  Baltic  Sea  region.  We  are  now  connecting  further markets  in Scandinavia and continental Europe to China," says Harm Sievers, Managing Director of Mukran Port Terminals GmbH, summarizing the importance of the new connections.

In  order  to  continue  to  handle  the  increasing demand on  the  Baltic Sea  Bridge,  the  capacities on the main route to Baltijsk in Russia were doubled. Since mid-October, a second ship, the "Ulrike G", has been in service there.

"Once  again  Mukrancan  thus  demonstrate  its  capabilities  as  a  modern  multi-functional  port  and European  hub  for  China  traffic,"  says  Arne  Ehlers,  Managing  Director  of  the  shipping  company BREB, which handles the charter process for Baltic Sea Bridge.

Teamwork for China transports

The targeted expansion of the China traffic is based on close cooperation between Mukran Port, DBO Bahnoperator  GmbH  and  Eisenbahngesellschaft  Potsdam  mbH  (EGP).  The  cargo  capacity  for the connection of Scandinavia to the New Silk Road was charteredby the shipping company DFDS especially  for  this  purpose.  The  new  short  sea  services  between  Mukran,  Karlshamn  and  Klaipeda will in future run once a week in both directions.The same shipping frequency also exists on the route between Mukranand Klaipeda, on which part of the cargo is shipped to China.

Connection to the North Range

Currently  the  partners  are  jointly  developing  a  direct  container  train  line  between  Mukranand Rotterdam. Here they are initially planning a weekly departure in both directionstoo. As confirmed by the first test phase in September and October with several round-trips, the train will need just 36 hours for the 1,800-kilometer rail route, including the respective terminal services in the ports.The  operator  is  EGP,  which  also handlesthe  ElbePort  Wittenberge.  This  trimodal transshipmentterminal in Brandenburg enables the cooperation partners to further expand the short sea traffic between Mukran, the Kaliningrad region, Sweden and Lithuania in the container sector in a targeted manner.  The  ElbePort  offers  access  to  overseas  connections  viafor  exampleBremerhaven  and Hamburg.A connection via Cuxhaven to Great Britain is in preparation.

Mukran scores twice

"Thanks  to  its  geographical  location,  Mukran  Port  is  the  ideal  logistics  hub  for  these  transports between Asia and Europe," says Marcel Stein, Managing Director of DBO Bahnoperator GmbH. "The Xian  route  in  Central  China-Mukran  is  much  more  time-efficient  for  these  transports  than  the traditional overland route  via Poland and Germany, from where onward transports to Scandinavia and the Baltic States are carried out. In addition, the handling via Mukran also enables us to handle trains for Western Europe with up to 50x40ft containers in the same way as in China".

Christian  Becken,  authorized Signatory  and Project Manager  for  intermodal  transport  at  EGP, mentions  another  advantage  of  the  rail  link  via  Mukran  in  addition  to savingtime: "On  this
connection we can use a train of 740 meters length. This is a significant increase in train length compared  to  the  Polish  infrastructure  and  enables  us  to  combine  transports  between  China  and Europe, but also within Germany and Europe". EGP uses modern electric locomotives owned by the company as well as its own container wagons for the transports.

About Mukran Port

Germany's easternmost deepwater port is accessible to all classes of ships operating in the Baltic Sea  region.  The  port  is  located  directly  on  the  open  sea  and  thus  enables  an  uncomplicated approach for shipping. Therefore, time-consuming trips to the port area are not necessary. There is  also  no  pilotage  obligation.  The  port's  own  railway  company  Baltic  Port  Rail  Mukran  is responsible for the railway logistics at the location. It organises the punctual provision, collection and shunting services of wagons. The port and station area has a total of around 90 kilometres of track.

About Baltic Sea Bridge

Baltic Sea Bridge is a brand and business unit of Mukran Port Terminals GmbH und Co KG. The aim is  the  complete  development  of  the  Silk  Road  corridor  across  the  port  and  industrial  zone  of Mukran  as  well  as  the  acceptance  of  short  sea  container  loads.  Baltic  Sea  Bridge  acts  as  an interface  of  the  United  Transport  and  Logistics  Company -Eurasian  Rail  Alliance  (UTLC  ERA)  to Western Europe. UTLC ERA provides services for the transport of containers by regular container block  trains  on  the  China-Europe-China  route  through  the  territories  of  the  Republic  of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.For more information on bookings and contact persons, please visit the download section of the Mukran Port Terminals website:

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