The line will be operated by TO Delta, Rail Cargo Austria and Alpe Adria. Trieste port aims at defeating La Spezia rail trade by 2016.
As announced by TO Delta, multimodal operator helmed by Pierluigi Maneschi, a new railway service will shortly connect TMT Trieste Marine Terminal (container terminal located at Molo VII) to Salzburg. TO Delta will operate the service in partnership with Rail Cargo Operator (containers-branch of the Austrian railway) and Alpe Adria (participated by local Port Authority, Friulia, holding company of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, and Trenitalia).
“Originally, the service will run 2 weekly round trips from Salzburg to Trieste with no intermediate stops, ensuring a fast intermodal transport solution for container trades. The lines connecting Trieste to Linz Stadthafen CCT, CCT Freudenau Wien, Wien NWB, Villach and Wolfurt terminals will continue being served by the Julia Shuttle, providing further intermodal links to in-transit freights running on the Trieste-Austria corridor” Maneschi clarified.
Furthermore, public and private players operating in Trieste port publicly confirmed their intention to intensively focus on railway services to handle inbound/outbound freights in the port.
“Trieste is the only Italian port providing intermodal services heading abroad and in 2016 we confide turning into the leading Italian railway hub” stated Zeno D’Agostino, Commissioner of Port Authority, attending a meeting of Propeller Club, targeting outdoing current La Spezia supremacy.
Rosa Frignola, RFI area sales manager, summarized the national strategies on freight encompassing cross-border railway lines’ strengthening as well as port infrastructures’ enhancement, confirming also recent 50 million Euro subsidies allocated by Cipe to upgrade railway tracks in Trieste port.
“We are currently strengthening the Trieste-Tarvisio line and are also engaged in the Turin-Trieste corridor. We are actually revising the whole Railway Plan to upgrade inbound/outbound tracks and lines to major quays, aiming to ensure a separate corridor to each terminal”.
During the meeting, specific attention was given to the enforcement of shunting unification within the port which intensively cut costs and raised performance and just a year.
“Our future – stated Giuseppe Casini, MD at Adriafer (company controlled by Port Authority under privatization procedure, currently suspended) – envisages new investments on locos, a capital increase, the launching of a new railway station and the manoeuvre spreading on Fernetti intermodal terminal. We’ll also be intensively committed to further cut costs and rates”.
The Propeller was also attended by major Trieste-based terminal operators interested in the development of railway mode, such as Paolo Spada, MD at Samer Seaports & Terminals, Francesco Parisi, E.M.T. President and Fabrizio Zerbini, TMT and Propeller’s President, who also recalled “the railway layout upgrade accomplished in past years at Molo VII (currently capable to handle 11,000 trains/year)”, while pinpointing the great growth opportunities of containers terminal, particularly fostered by the investments on cranes which currently are and will further become the major operating means in the Adriatic ports”.