Interport builds a large grain transshipment facility for Ukrainian grain in Slovakia

Interport builds a large grain transshipment facility for Ukrainian grain in Slovakia
© Interport

The new facility will have an hourly transshipment capacity of 250 tons.

Košice is strategically positioned to serve both main corridors – the one leading to Adriatic ports via Hungary and Balkan, and the one leading to North Sea ports via Slovakia, Czechia, and Germany. Electrified lines also offer a third option for export - via Poland and the Baltic Sea.

Interport Terminal, situated in Košice in eastern Slovakia, is undergoing a large transformation that will revitalize it into a modern logistics hub. With an overall investment of EUR 53 million, the revitalization of the terminal will be done in three phases.

The Current Terminal

The initial stage, which focuses on enabling faster turnover of grain transshipment, is underway. At the moment, the grain, delivered by broad gauge railway that leads from the Ukrainian border directly into the terminal 15 km south of Košice, is stored in covered warehouse. Individual shipments are separated by concrete blocks to avoid cross-contamination and up to 6,000 sqm of surface area stores rapeseed and corn with robotic equipment airing these commodities before loading into standard-gauge grain hoppers. Currently, the transshipment of one grain train from Ukraine lasts for two days.

© Interport
© Interport

New Silos for Grain Storage

The new future grain transshipment area will become a modern transloading terminal with possibility to serve as an interim warehouse. There are 4 silos in construction, which will bring 10,000 tons of storage capacity, with 2,500 tons each. Their construction will enable soybeans to be added to the grain mix, a commodity that cannot be stored in current open warehouses. In addition, two of the silos will be built with active ventilation and smaller fraction of venting grids, which will also enable the storage of rapeseeds.

High-Speed Grain Transshipment

The new transshipment facility will be connected to broad gauge rails on one side and standard European gauge on the other side. With unloading speed of 250 tons per hour, it will enable faster turnover of Ukrainian grain wagons, which will boost faster export of Ukrainian grain via the newly established European corridors. It will speed up the current transloading process three times, capable of creating one 1,800 tons unit grain train every eight hours.

© Interport
© Interport

Three Stages of Terminal Modernization

After the first stage of terminal modernization, next phases will continue to finalize the terminal makeover by 2026. They will include track modernization of both broad and standard gauge, their transshipment platforms, existing roads and paved areas, installation of gantry cranes for container transshipment, doubling the container depot size to reach a capacity of 4,000 TEUs, modernization of storage halls with a capacity of 20,000 sqm, and a modernized bulk material depot, with flexible stackable lego bays for bulk materials separation.

Let’s Talk Grain Transshipment

The new, fast transshipment area, including the grain silos (as the first modernization stage), will be finished by September 2024. Any interested parties that might want to cooperate with Interport on the new grain transshipment terminal utilization, now have a unique chance to talk to the company representatives in person, at 7th Szechenyi Agricultural Exchange 2024, taking place on 24 May 2024 in Vigadó Hall in Budapest.

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