The first train arrived with semi-trailers, a freight line from Italy will operate twice a week.
The first train arrived at the newly built intermodal terminal at Ostrava Airport on August 14. Thirty-two semi-trailers from the Interporto d’Abruzzo terminal near Pescara, Italy, arrived on sixteen wagons belonging to Arcese Trasporti, a company that recently established a new freight link between Italy and the south of Poland. The connection should be operated twice a week by Captrain Italia in Italy, CD Cargo in Austria and Lokorail in the Czech Republic.
The terminal, owned and operated by Innofreight Austria through its subsidiary TKD Ostrava Mosnov, is located within the Ostrava Airport Multimodal Park. The multimodal park covers an area of 52 hectares and is immediately adjacent to other industrial zones in the vicinity of Ostrava Airport. Once completed, the development (excluding the combined transport terminal) will include over 234,000 sqm of warehouse, production and office space. Among others, the multimodal park will house the Czech Post new logistics centre.
In the coming weeks, the global container shipping company MSC should begin using the transshipment facility. The park is being built by Concens Investments; gantry cranes are yet to be completed. It is strategically located on the planned “New Silk Road” and will be unique to Central Europe in terms of size and maximum transhipment capacity.
The project is worth CZK 750 million (EUR 30 million) and has received CZK 250 million in subsidies from the Operational Programme “Transport”. The transhipment facility can handle up to twelve train sets per day. Its three tracks are 730 meters long each, allowing to load 700-meter-long trains; this is the maximum permitted length in the Czech Republic.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková