Metrans, the rail subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), has acquired a 51 per cent stake in Croatian railway company, Adria Rail.
Through this investment, the company is now operating its first terminal in Serbia as Adria Rail owns the inland terminal in the Serbian city of Indija.
From there, it will combine various transport options to and from South-Eastern Europe.
In 2022, Metrans transported 1.4 million TEU through Europe. This latest acquisition will allow it to expand its European network to 21 inland terminals at important hubs.
Metrans is also continuing to invest in Hungary. In addition to the construction of the hub terminal in Zalaegerszeg, which is already in progress, an additional terminal will be built in the Hungarian city of Szeged.
Both inland terminals are scheduled to be operational by 2025.
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Moreover, the company offers climate-neutral transport on all shipments from Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Koper via the HHLA Pure product.
Nearly 1 million standard containers were transported completely carbon-free over the past year. This represents more than half of Metrans’ entire transport volume in 2022.
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“We want to provide climate-friendly rail transport that efficiently connects freight flows and hubs throughout Europe,” said Peter Kiss, CEO of the Metrans Group.
“We are pleased to offer our customers an even wider range of services, with many containers already moving carbon-free by rail.”
In line with Metrans’ carbon limiting rail efforts, earlier this year a new Freightliner service made its inaugural journey from Southampton to Crewe using entirely Ocean Network Express (ONE) funded GD+ green biofuel.