The first Containerships train, which is a container train that departed from Lithuania’s Draugyste station on 9 July 2019, arrived at its destination – the Brovary train station – at 22:20 on 11 July.

This was announced by the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia), the CFTS portal reports.

According to Ukrzaliznytsia’s Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov, the 65 containers on the train were delivered from Lithuania to Ukraine in 50 hours and strictly on schedule.

Kravtsov said that the Containerships train would operate regularly and expressed the hope that the train’s strict timetable, competitive speed of cargo delivery, savings on logistics costs, and environmental friendliness would encourage customers to transport their goods by rail, particularly via this train service.

According to him, the processing of the containers at the Brovary station will continue for 36 hours.

The Containerships train is the twenty-second container train to pass through Ukraine. The train departed on its maiden journey on the route Draugyste (Lithuania) – Brovary (Ukraine) on 9 July. It will operate twice a week. Transportation of containers from the Draugyste station, which is located near the port of Klaipeda, to the Odesa seaport, is also planned for August. "This is important, given the reorientation of domestic exports to the EU," Ukrzaliznytsia said.

The agreement to launch transportation of containers on the Containerships train was signed during a meeting of representatives of Ukrzaliznytsia, the Belarusian railways, the Lithuanian railways, the Containerships company, and the Intermodal Container Service company in Odesa on 28 May 2019.

The initiators and operators of the train are Containerships and Intermodal Container Service.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, the first Containerships train recently left Klaipeda for Brovary.