Thessaloniki deploys block-train service to Serbia


The Port of Thessaloniki (ThPA S.A) has welcomed a new regular service with block trains between Thessaloniki and Niš, Serbia.

Announced by CMA CGM in July, the first block-train carrying containers from CMA CGM departed from the Container Terminal of ThPA S.A. on the morning of 17 August.

The train arrived at the Mbox terminal in Niš in 16 hours.

The service was created through a partnership between ThPA S.A. and the Greek-Northern Macedonia-Serbia railway companies including Hellenic Train S.A., MZ Transport A.D., Kombinovani Prevoz D.O.O. respectively and nine other private and public entities.

From September 2022, trains will depart from both Thessaloniki and Niš every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving on the same day at their respective destinations.

The Executive Chairman of the BoD & Managing Director of ThPA S.A., Thanos Liagkos said: “ThPA S.A. is consistently implementing its development strategy and investment plan with emphasis on upgrading the infrastructure and equipment of the Port, while improving the rail connection of the Port of Thessaloniki with the bordering countries.

“ThPA S.A. is evolving into a port of international significance, capable of receiving direct calls of ships of main lines connecting Southeastern, Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans with the rest of the world, offering added value and growth opportunities to all our partners.”

In May the port welcomed two new Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

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