Port of Thessaloniki increases intermodal offering to Skopje

ThPA S.A. - Port of Thessaloniki

The Port of Thessaloniki (ThPA S.A.) has announced the inauguration of a new container block-train service between Thessaloniki and Skopje, the capital of the Republic of North Macedonia.

At the same time, it marks the one-year anniversary of the railway link between Thessaloniki and Nis, in the Republic of Serbia.

According to ThPA S.A., this is a strategic decision intended at improving the Port of Thessaloniki’s connectivity with the nations of the wider Balkan and Southeast European area.

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The new weekly container block-train service between the Port of Thessaloniki and Skopje will begin on 6 September 2023, with trains departing from Thessaloniki and arriving in Skopje on the same day.

ThPA S.A., in collaboration with 11 business and public organisations, is providing the new intermodal service.

The Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of ThPA S.A., Thanos Liagkos, stated: “The new intermodal service provides climate-neutral transport from the Port of Thessaloniki to Skopje, significantly contributing to the reduction of transport-related CO2 emissions.

“At the same time, it allows ThPA S.A. to further develop the connectivity of the port and its international intermodal network, which brings Thessaloniki closer to customers in Southeast and Central Europe.

“ThPA S.A. is ready to increase itinerary frequency, based on customer demand. It is also important to mention that only with a continuous modernisation of the railway infrastructure, it will be feasible to further develop new and innovative intermodal services.”

In May 2023, ThPA S.A. and the Federation of Stevedores of Greece (OFE) successfully concluded their negotiations to regulate dockworkers’ working conditions.

Three months later, ThPA S.A. announced a new cooperation with Ashdod Port Company Ltd., the national Port of Israel.

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