The first, trial consignment of containers will be sent to Turkey under the Viking container-train project this month. Simas Garuolis, an advisor to the head of the Lithuanian Railways’ freight transportation directorate, announced this during the "Black Sea Container Summit 2014," the CFTS correspondent reports.
According to him, it will be a small consignment of 10 containers. "It is necessary to test the route," said Garuolis.
The head of the directorate’s tariff department, Vladas Ambrozyavichyus, said that the period of delivery of the container from Klaipeda (Lithuania) to Turkey is eight days (by land via Bulgaria) or 10 days (by sea) and the cost of delivery is EUR 1,700.
According to representatives of Lithuanian Railways, they are looking for new partners to expand the Viking project. The Volvo company could become a new partner in northern Europe in the future, and the project itself may expand to the Stockholm port.
As reported, Lithuania recently proposed including the Ulan Bator-Moscow-Brest container train “Mongolian Wind" in the Viking project.