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The first MSC JILHAN feeder call at Riga Central Terminal

On March 19, 2010 Riga Central Terminal (RCT) received the first feeder call from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) S.A. The MSC JILHAN container vessel arrived at RCT’s berth No. 6 and discharged 117 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units).

The client selected RCT so as to utilize the excellent SEA-RAIL interconnectivities and to organize a container block train service for direct container delivery to the Russian Federation.

The MSC JILHAN feeder vessel has a container capacity of 1,317 TEU and operates on MSC Baltic Loop No. 8: connecting Antwerp-Bremerhaven-Kaliningrad-Riga-Norrkoping-Antwerp with weekly service calls at the only specialized container terminal in the port of Riga.

„This is the first time that a major container line, pursuant to market demand and specific client requirements, has organized an additional service call at another terminal facility in the port of Riga,” notes Helmuts Kols, Board Member of Riga Commercial Port (RTO).

At present, terminal and stevedoring activities of RCT are organized outside the Freeport of Riga. RCT operates as a customs bonded warehouse and, thus, can offer clients a wider spectre of solutions that cannot be provided inside the area of the Freeport of Riga. As such clients are able to prepare and complete all the required export formalities in the same location where the cargo was received and dispatched. 

Furthermore, only 100 metres separate the container berth No. 6 at RCT with Riga Krasta station, the main railway junction in the port of Riga responsible for dispatching and receiving container block-trains.

“This is our strategic advantage when compared to a 7-kilometre loop that separates the specialized container terminal with Riga Krasta railway station. As a multifunctional facility with customs bonded warehouse status, RCT is ideally positioned to offer a full spectrum of services at one central location. This is particularly important for our clients, container lines and importers in Russia, Belarus and Central Asia, as all required activities can be completed at one site, which yields significant reductions in cost and time required for completing such operations elsewhere. By offering competitive rates, good service and swift transit times we seek to create an attractive and sustainable cooperation model for our clients and prospective container lines alike,” says Helmuts Kols.

„At this stage, it is premature for us to discuss the regularity of such feeder calls, but we expect that this service call, together with Transbaltica Container Line (TBL) which presently offers weekly loop service between Kiel-Hamburg-Kaliningrad-RCT, will further strengthen our container business positions in the port of Riga and the Baltic Sea region in general,” says Valdis Andersons, Board Member of RCT. 

Prepared by: Marketing and Public Relations division, RTO.

May 1986
1317 TEU
165,5 m
25,2 m