Infrastructure development. To rank Constanţa Seaport 2nd in Europe

As freight traffic on the Europe-Central Asia route intensifies, determining the construction of new lines dedicated to the rail freight transport, Constanţa Seaport becomes the European Union’s main gate towards est as direct route for delivery and supply of goods.

“Through the port of Constanţa, Romania has potential to become the main gate for the access of goods coming from Eastern Asia and Middle East to Central and Eastern Asia and, thus, to become one of the future’s major trade routes. But in order to take maximum advantage of the geographical plus, it is necessary to focus on improving the infrastructure and on performing several essential legislative amendments that would turn Romania into the ideal destination for European imports”, declared in a press release Peter de Ruiter, Partner and Tax and Legal Services Leader PWC Romania, saying that forwarders and logistics companies will have to adapt to changes in the dynamics of trade routes in order to maximise profit opportunities.
But in order to become a competitive hub in the CEE area, the seaport has to develop railway connections by implementing new infrastructure projects. Apart from the 300 km of railways and a ferry-boat terminal, Constanţa Seaport has a huge infrastructure development potential, by opening new ferry-boat lines and more: “we have several new projects consisting in the development of the railway capacity in the river-maritime area of the Black Sea port. We are planning to build a new switch-yard in the port of Constanţa, double the railway lines, build 11 km of new lines, railway shunting stations, as well as a waiting line for locomotives”, said Adrian Popa, General Manager of Constanţa Seaport Administration.
Boosting the railway capacity consists in developing a systematized railway hub in the river-maritime sector of the port.  Thus, based on the traffic forecasts for 2020, other railway lines serving current operators will
be developed, a project estimated at EUR 17.6 Million.
The rapid development of the port infrastructure will have a vital contribution to ranking Constanţa Seaport 2nd in Europe. This goal is backed by the Romanian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure who signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the port of Constanţa and the port of Rotterdam for cooperation in developing projects and in establishing a strategic long-term relationship.

[ by Pamela Luică ]
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