Baltic Rail, operating from Estonia, is developing a container train service between Southern Poland and the Slovenian port of Koper. The operator hopes that other countries will also connect to the route. Director of operations of Baltic Rail Vadim Shabarov illustrates the future plans of the company. Baltic Rail AS has been operating rail freight services on the Baltic-Adriatic route since 2011. In seven years, the company has achieved significant results in container traffic volumes between Southern Poland and port of Koper, Slovenia. “We started our activity from several dozens of containers in 2011. We expect that in the following years we can strongly increase our figures,” said Shabarov.
His company chose Koper as a port hub for the Polish market. At that time it was a revolutionary decision. When time passed, the necessity and prospective became clear. “For this year, we forecast 12900 TEU. So far, in 9 months, we've made more than 75 percent of it and the busy autumn will show if we will make this goal,” added Shabarov.
Baltic Rail AS is part of Rail World Group, a Chicago-based rail and investment holding that in 2001 purchased shares of Estonian Railways (Eesti Raudtee). Six years later, the Estonian government decided to buy back the railway company. Nevertheless, Rail World Group remained in Estonia and established a new subsidiary. “Baltic Rail AS was incorporated in 2008. However, we ran our first train on the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor a little bit later in 2011”, said Shabarov. The new company changed the focus of group’s activity to freight forwarding.