Adriatic and Baltic ports linked by tripartite pact
The port of Venice (Italy), the port of Rostock (Germany) and the Italian shipping group Grimaldi Lines have signed a tripartite agreement for establishing a direct multimodal connection between the Adriatic and Baltic.
Under the terms of the pact, cargo that is shipped by sea from the Balkans to the port of Venice is to be transferred to the railway and sent to the port of Rostock, where it will be loaded onto ships and forwarded to Scandinavian countries.
Rail traffic to the hinterland of the port of Venice rose by 31% between January and April this year, according to the port authority. Confidence in what will be one of the first connections along the Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor is therefore high.
Use of the multimodal connection between Venice and Frankfurt (Germany), which began in November 2015 and caters for Grimaldi Lines’ ro-ro services, also doubled in H1/2016.