BICT welcomes new Asia-Europe rail-sea service

Published June 27, 2022, 1:24 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) business unit in Georgia, recently welcomed ADY Container LLC’s newly launched multimodal feeder service.

The rail-sea service connects Asia to Europe via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, also known as the Middle Corridor.

It is designed to cater to the capacity requirement of the Middle Corridor, where freight traffic are surging due to the growing volume transiting via Azerbaijan.

Majority of the cargo handled by the service are exports from China.

BICT welcomes new Asia-Europe multimodal service

For the sea leg of the service, ADY Container and Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company deployed a feeder vessel to operate the route between Port of Batumi and Constanța in Romania every 10 days.

From Romania, the cargo is transported by rail to different destinations in Europe.

So far, more than 9,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) have passed through the Trans-Caspian route during the first four months of 2022.

This was a 30 percent increase compared to the volume from the same period last year.

With the current geopolitical situation in Europe, ADY Container expects traffic through the Middle Corridor to increase further, requiring more vessels to service the route.

Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT), a wholly-owned ICTSI Group company, has been active in the port of Batumi, Georgia, since 2007 when it acquired a 48-year lease to operate a multi-purpose terminal with exclusivity for container handling.