EUR 380 million for terminal in Rijeka
It is the largest investment in the port's history: EUR 380 million have been earmarked to create a new container terminal on the Adriatic coast. The recent ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of the works on the future Rijeka Gateway terminal which is scheduled to begin operations in 2025.
The terminal is a joint venture between the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, through APM Terminals, and the Croation investment entity Enna Group, through Enna Logic. More than EUR 200 million will be invested in the first phase over the next two years, and an additional EUR 180 million are planned for the second phase within the next ten years.
Expectations are high. "Rijeka Gateway will be the first port on the Adriatic with remote-controlled, electrical container cranes, and with a quay depth of 20 m, we are ready to welcome some of the world's largest container vessels," said CEO and chairman of the management board of Rijeka Gateway Koen Benders.
In digital terms, Rijeka Gateway will be remote-controlled. The project is considered to be of strategic importance for the Croatian economy. Capacities in the first phase aim at 650,000 teu annually, expected to grow to over a million teu per year in the next phase.
Tomislav Žunić, CFO and management board member of Rijeka Gateway, said: "We estimate that in 2026, the fiscal contribution to the state will be around EUR 100 million, growing up to EUR 200 million after 2030." (cd)