Croatia's largest container terminal and one of the leaders
in the region, the Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT) at the Port of
Rijeka is proceeding with plans to expand its capabilities.
Opened in 2001, the port is today operated as a public-private
partnership with International Container Terminal Services Incorporated
(ICTSI). In 2019 AGCT handled 271,817 TEU, an increase of 20 percent driven by
intermodal volumes to/from Central Europe. The terminal serviced 314 container
vessels and 15 cruise ships.
The new project will dredge 100 meters of the southern quay
will bringing the entire area to a universal depth of 428 meters. According to the port, the current depth of
328 meters in this area restricts the number of containers that can be handled
on the container ships currently berthing at AGCT, reducing call size and
creating underutilized vessels.
ICTSI said allowing larger vessels will improve cargo flows
between Asia and Europe and allow businesses to meet the demands of a growing
Central European market.
“The 100m deepening is crucial for our business as the
required berth depth is a key requirement for container shipping companies to
efficiently keep calling Port of Rijeka and for AGCT to remain a gateway in
North Adriatic, ” according to Emmanuel Papagiannakis, AGCT CEO.
AGCT reported a 20 percent growth in the first five months
of 2020, including a record monthly volume in May, despite the COVID-19
pandemic. The port has also invested in
its intermodal capabilities which resulted in strong growth for rail traffic.