The Liski Transport Service Center (a division of Ukrzaliznytsia public railway company), the Maersk Line, and TIS Container Terminal Ltd. launched the first container train from Kyiv to the Yuzhny port on January 31. This is a joint project by the companies. The train set off at around 11:00.

The train will operate weekly on the route Chornomorska station (TIS, Yuzhny port) – Kyiv-Liski station – Chornomorska station. As a result, a comprehensive "door-to-door" service involving transportation of goods in containers will be created for businesses within the Maersk global delivery system.

At the launch of the train service, Ukrzaliznytsia’s acting Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov expressed the hope that this would help the company to attract transit cargo from Asia, which it would transport to other European countries.

"The project has great potential because it offers speed, reliability of cargo delivery, and regular of train journeys. Such direct transportation on schedule will attract more traffic," Kravtsov said.

Within the framework of the project, TIS, as the main agent of the Maersk Line in Ukraine, will perform a set of operations involving processing of containers in the Yuzhny port (unloading from ships, documentation, and loading onto container flatcars). Next, they will be transported on a container train and processed at the terminal at the Kyiv-Liski station. The travel time of the container train will be 19 hours. Fifty-six containers were sent on the first train. Previously, the containers were delivered from the Yuzhny port by various forwarders. 

As reported, TIS began operating another regular container train (from the Yuzhny port to the Dnipro river port) on a weekly basis on September 6. Test-operation of the train began in May 2017.