PCC Intermodal looks back at what can be done in 15 years
What started with a single rail connection in Poland in 2005, has grown to a wide network of intermodal connections in Europe and beyond. PCC Intermodal is involved in some of the most popular and known services and continues to enter new markets. This year, it celebrates its 15-year anniversary.
The Poland-based company has recently launched a new overview of its intermodal services. It is divided by regular intermodal connections from Poland to sea ports (in Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium), to other parts of Europe and connections to the east. The latter includes destinations such as Ukraine, Belarus, Central Asia, China, Korea and Japan. It only shows the huge growth the company has gone through in the last fifteen years.
PCC Intermodal started with a regular connection between Brzeg Dolny and Świnoujście, both in Poland. “We dynamically gained the logistics market in Poland and give a significant input to the European transport network”, the company narrates.
In 2010 it started constructing a modern transshipment terminal in Kutno, which has been opened for operations in 2011. This centrally located terminal is now a centre point of the intermodal operations in Poland, well known from its efficiency and wild connectivity abroad. Every day several regular trains leave or depart from this hub to destinations across the continent.
“In 2010 we began the process of investments aimed at improving the quality of the transhipment infrastructure in Poland”, the operator says. “We systematically increased the frequency of intermodal connections in Europe, so that now it is possible to operate over 5000 intermodal trains per year.”
This objective became evident again in 2016, when the company opened its modernised terminal in Gliwice completed enlargement of the terminal in Lower Silesia and facilitated transshipment hub in Frankfurt Oder.
The relevance the terminals stems from a quick recap of the services today: 21 weekly services to: Gdansk & Gdynia, 8-10 to Rotterdam, 6 to Hamburg, 5 to Duisburg, 3 to Antwerp, 7 to Brzeg Dolny, 7 to Gliwice, 4 to Kolbuszowa, 3 to Poznan and 2-3 to Brest Sevirnyi.
In the meantime, the network had expanded towards the east. “With the help of partners, we reached Belarus, Russia, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. We also enforced regular multimodal connections between Europe, Japan and South Korea.”
The last two destinations made the news in 2019. Three modes of transportation were used: shipping, railway and lorry. The new route connects to European Union via the Trans-Siberian railway. As time passed, new branches were added and the lead time was reduced. In September 2019, the shipments on the multimodal route became regular. The delivery time from Japan to Europe takes 19-21 days depending on the final destination. In 2 weeks we are able to reach Mongolia, less than week is needed for Belarus and Moscow. In 2020 we successfully started the first trailer shipments to Ukraine.
“With determination we implement our development strategy, creating a suitable alternative on an international transportation market. Fifteen years of experience, a loyal team and a vision of the future allows us to create new solutions”, PCC Intermodal said.
“We want to reach higher and provide reliable, trustworthy solutions. We search for answers and explore the unknown working on new links within the network, trying to respond effectively to the market needs.
Next 15 years
Within the next 15 years, PCC wants to make sure that the network of daily intermodal connections is even larger, includes modern terminals and will show on the Polish transport map. “Finally, we want to see great investment plans for Polish ports and their hinterland, and the Intermodal Container Yard in Pomarania region, via which the Baltic-Adraitic corridor will be developed.
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