First container ship unloaded at HHLA Terminal Trieste
The OPS Hamburg container vessel has been unloaded at HHLA Terminal Trieste in the North Adriatic. It is the first ship, which was handled at the facility since its acquisition by the German logistics group. The first shipment consisted of dry and cold containers delivered from Turkey to Italy.
Last week, the Italian multi-purpose terminal Piattaforma Logistica Trieste (PLT), which is also known as HHLA Terminal Trieste, started its operations. On Tuesday, 7 December, the first container ship moored at its berth. It was the OPS Hamburg vessel operated by CMA CGM. “Undoubtedly a good omen, the name of the vessel recalls the link between Trieste and our majority shareholder HHLA in Hamburg,” noted Antonio Barbara, managing director of HHLA PLT. The unloading operations lasted for one day, until the evening of 8 December.
The container ship with a capacity of 850 TEU delivered dry and cold containers from Turkey and Malta to the Port of Trieste. Together with CMA CAGM Tanger vessel of the same capacity, it serves the TMX3 route between the ports of Turkey (Istanbul Ambarli, Gemlik, Genze), Malta (Malta Freeport), Italy (Trieste) and Slovenia (Koper) on a weekly basis. “TMX3 service offers one of the best-in-class transit times between Western Turkey and North Adriatic – Italy and Slovenia – with a journey of 3,5 days from Gemlik to Trieste and of 4 days from Gemlik to Koper,” said Paolo Lo Bianco, managing director of CMA CGM Italy.
HHLA Terminal Trieste
The multi-function terminal HHLA PLT is an important part of the Italian seaport of Trieste and is located within the Free Port Zone. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has acquired a majority stake in the terminal. The 27-hectare port facility consists of an area for the handling of assorted breakbulk and a newly built area that provides berths deep enough for RoRo and container ships. As a logistics hub on the Baltic-Adriatic line, Trieste is not only very well connected with Central and Eastern Europe but also offers connections all the way to the Baltic region. PLT will use this strategically relevant position to strengthen eco-friendly rail transportation with the European hinterland.