The FESCO Transportation Group (FESCO) is launching its West Gate Bridge intermodal service from countries of the Asia-Pacific region to port in Europe.
The service includes marine shipment by regular FESCO lines from the Asia-Pacific region to the Commercial Port of Vladivostok and then by a regular train to Kaliningrad. After this, containers are to be loaded onto vessels at the Baltic Stevedoring Company terminal and sent to ports in Europe.
According to a statement from FESCO, the regularity of shipments will be two to four times per month and transit is estimated to be 36 days, almost 1.5 times faster than the alternative route via the Suez Canal.
The group also plans to develop transportation in the region through the newly opened TLC East-West.
The first train on the service was dispatched from Vladivostok on 6 December 2021 and consisted of 50 forty-foot containers.
It was previously announced that FESCO and DP World Russia agreed on strategic cooperation to further develop projects at the Commercial Port of Vladivostok.
Announced in September 2021, the parties aimed to create a working group to prepare proposals for the effective development and utilisation of capacities of the port.
Group Chairman and CEO of DP World Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said DP World supports President Vladimir Putin’s vision for the Northern Sea Route, to which the CEO argued was “one of the last great trading routes in the world to be developed.”