Port of Vienna
International network with Adriatic Port of Koper
After Rijeka in Croatia, Vienna is now stepping up its collaboration with the Port of Koper in Slovenia on the Upper Adriatic Sea – especially in the area of container shipping by rail.
The main priorities are to consolidate Vienna’s position as a business location in Central Europe, enhance its role as a central logistics hub between East and West, and intensify its international transport links, particularly down the River Danube to the Black Sea region, from the Danube region to the seaports on the Adriatic, and from the Mediterranean in the direction of key markets in both Asia and America. This is the projection of a new EU initiative referred to as “motorways of the sea”. At the same time, the plan is to increasingly shift goods transport in Europe over to the railways by means of international networking.
Record in container business
The Port of Vienna’s business is flourishing. Especially in the container business, the port has notched up a new record: by the end of this year, for the first time ever its Freudenau terminal will probably have shifted 400,000 containers. Capacity is due to be increased to 500,000 containers by means of further expansion of the port facilities in Vienna and the ongoing recovery of 70,000 m² of land in the old harbour basin, Most of these containers come by rail from Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Hamburg to Vienna, where they are stacked and transported on to their destinations within a few days. The Port of Vienna handles up to 1,800 containers a day in this manner. As a result, the Port of Vienna – a WienHolding company – and its subsidiary “WienCont” has become a major player in the container business. This success will be boosted by further internationalization.
Cooperation with Koper
The latest priority project was a joint presentation with the port of Enns in Upper Austria in Slovenia’s only international Mediterranean port, the Port of Koper (in Slovenian: “Luka Koper”). The ports of Vienna and Enns have entered into a joint venture with the Slovenian port. “Koper has overtaken all the other European seaports in its importance to the Austrian economy,” is how Monika Unterholzer, head of Internationalization with the Port of Vienna, describes this move. In recent years freight handling by Austrian ports has shifted towards southern seaports, and the Port of Koper has caught up significantly. Its continued growth is based mainly on its key role in transport links between the Mediterranean region, the Middle East and the Far East, according to Unterholzer.
Expansion of rail transport
The ports of Vienna and Enns have common interests in this venture, particularly with respect to rail transport. Both Danube ports have Austria’s only so-called trimodal roll-on/roll-off terminals (simultaneous transport by water, rail and road). Two container trains a week have now been running between the container terminal at the Port of Vienna and the Port of Koper since the end of October 2011. With the introduction of the new timetable for 2012, by linking up with Rail Cargo Austria’s National Network Austria (NINA) the Port of Enns offer a daily rail service to Graz-Werndorf cargo centre for onward shipping to the Port of Koper.
From the point of view of the Port of Vienna, this makes Koper an interesting international proposition, not only for its scheduled container services, but also for sea freight. Priority will be attached to the transport of wood, automobiles and subcontracted components. The operation pays off in terms of time, too. For Austrian business, the link to the Mediterranean seaport of Koper means a time saving of around seven days for freight transport to the Far East compared to the route via the ports of the North Sea. Koper is the largest freight handling facility for Austrian wood being shipped to North Africa. Ore for “voestalpine” and raw materials for Magna in Styria, for instance, are also shipped through Koper.
“Motorways of the sea”
Prior to the presentation in Koper, the Port of Vienna had also launched other international initiatives. In Brussels, it signed an EU charter to promote environmentally friendly European inland shipping. This was due to an initiative by the capitals of Vienna, Brussels, Paris, Budapest and Berlin. Thanks to this agreement, Vienna has become “a political innovator for sustainable logistics in urban centres,” explained Renate Brauner, Vienna’s Vice-Mayor and Executive City Councillor of Finance, Economic Affairs and Public Utilities, at the signing ceremony. At the same time, the EU was itself stepping up its efforts by means of so-called “motorways of the sea”. The idea is to optimally integrate European shipping into international trade routes by means of a system of ocean-going giants to small delivery and distribution ships, particularly in the Mediterranean region. A new strategy announced for 2018 focuses increasingly on ocean routes. The background: Almost 90 per cent of EU export trade transport takes place by sea. Shorter ocean transports account for about 40 per cent of tonne-kilometres within the EU. And finally, more than 400 million passengers are handled by European ports every year. And this picture of increasingly globally networked ocean traffic routes is entirely compatible with the fact that the Port of Vienna was also well represented at the recent “Smart Rivers” conference in New Orleans in the USA. The conference focused on the growing networking of inland ports and seaports, new contacts, joint ventures and promising markets in world-wide sea trade.
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