Container train - Viking Train

Viking Train is a joint project of Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine railways, stevedoring companies in Klaipeda, Odessa and Ilyichevsk seaports. A project connects Baltic and Black seas via railways and close cooperation.

The idea to establish direct intermodal train was developed in 1999, when the Ministers for transport of Lithuania and Ukraine signed the Memorandum of mutual consent. Cargo transportation in containers is the most perspective mean of services expansion due to its universal nature (first launch: in 2003). By using Viking Train, clients have an opportunity of saving up to 30% of their funds comparing to other types of transportation and at the same time have a guaranteed time of cargo delivery. EU/CIS border crossing time for train: 30 min.

All sizes of universal and special-purpose containers and trucks with semitrailers (contrailers) are carried by the Viking Train. The containers and trucks are transported from Scandinavia and Western European countries by sea transport to the seaport of Klaipeda, as well as via Mukran-Klaipeda ferry. Further, the containers are transported to Ukraine, Belarus, the Near East, the Caucasus and Turkey - via seaports of Ilyichevsk, Odessa and back. 

Main route: Klaipėda (Draugystė)-Vilnius-Minsk-Kiev-Ilyichevsk and back. The transportation route (1734 km) takes 54 hours. The customs check of the Viking Train upon departure and arrival to border station of Kena takes just 30 minutes. This was achieved due to successful cooperation with customs and border agencies and installation of advanced information systems.

Lithuanian railway stations used for this project - Draugyste, Klaipeda, Paneriai, Radviliskis, Rimkai, Kaunas, Vaidotai.


Lithuania and Turkey cooperation

Lithuanian-Turkish economic cooperation is entering a new phase and will provide new opportunities for both countries and their businesses

Viking Train has two alternatives:

  • First, is to develop maritime transit routes between Turkey and Ukraine via the Black Sea further extending the route to Lithuanian Klaipeda Seaport.
  • Second, to develop land route from Turkey via Bulgaria and Romania, further extending the route to Lithuanian Klaipeda Seaport.

PERSPECTIVE AND DEVELOPMENT

Viking Train perspectives are related to the growth of container traffic flows all around the world. Vilnius Intermodal Terminal is a perfect example of significance of  combining both rail and road transportation services.

Additional cargo flows can be attracted by adding Georgia or Azerbaijan to the train route. Viking Train project is constantly developing: transportation possibilities are introduced in international forums and other targeted events. 

· In 2009 Viking Train was awarded by European Intermodal Transport Association with Best Practice Intermodal Project.
· In 2011 Viking Train brand was patented. Project has a strong potential to expand into new conceptual markets of Asia, Caucasia and Scandinavia.
· In April, 2014, combined transportation Viking Train was acknowledged as the best Green Logistics and Intermodal Transportation project in the European Union. The Viking Train  was rewarded with scientific research program BestFact award.

During the past 17 years Viking Train has traveled 4,5 million km and has transported more than 580 thousand TEU.

 

Operators and partners:

Lithuania

LTG CARGO

Registration address: Geležinkelio str. 12, LT-02100 Vilnius, Lithuania
HQ: Mindaugo str. 12, LT-03225 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. no.: +370 5 202 1515
E-mail: [email protected],

Belarus

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BTLC

Brest-Litovskaja str. 13, 220039 Minsk, Belarus
Tel. no.: +375 17 225 12 19
Fax: +375 17 225 42 23       
E-mail: [email protected]
www.belint.by

Ukraine

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LISKI

Dovbusha str. 22, 02092 Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel./Fax: + 380 44 568 94 07, +380 44 465 31 22, +380 44 568 76 90
E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.liski.ua

PLASKE 

Marazlijevskaja str. 14-A, 65014 Odessа, Ukraine
Tel. no.: +380 48 738 53 85 
Fax: +380 48 738 53 75
E-mail: [email protected]
www.plaske.ua

LEVADA CARGO

Office in Kiev
Saksaganskogo str. 119, 01032 Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel. no.: +380 44 364 39 91, +380 44 585 59 27
E-mail [email protected]
www.levadacargo.com

Office in Odessa
Bunina str. 10, 65026 Odessa, Ukraine
Tel. no.: +380 48 734 41 62, +380 48 734 41 63
Fax: +380 48 734 41 67
E-mail: ods[email protected]
www.levadacargo.com

 

FERRY PLUS

Novoselskov str. 39-101, 65001 Odessa, Ukraine
Tel.: +380 94 955 54 42 
E-mail: [email protected] www.ferryplus.com.ua

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BTLC-UKRAINE

Michaila Grushevskov str. 9-2, 01021 Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel.: +380 44 585 16 33 
E-mail: [email protected]

 

DL-INTERMODAL

Saperne pole str. 14/55, 01042 Kyiv, Ukraine

 

TRANSPORT LOGISTICS CENTRE OF ODESSA

Oleksia Stavnicera 60, housing 2, Lamanski district, Vizirka village, 67543 Odessa county, Ukraine

Bulgaria

BDZ Cargo

Ivan Vazov str. 3, 1080 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel. no.: +359 2 932 45 05
Fax: +359 2 987 79 83
E-mail: [email protected]
www.bdzcargo.bdz.bg

Romania

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ROFERSPED

Turda str. 98, Bucharest, Romania
Tel. no.: +40 21 224 14 67 (68)
Fax: +40 21 224 39 05
E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.rofersped.ro


Moldova

TRANSLOGIST SISTEM

Vieru Grigore str. 22/8, MD-2005 Chisinau, Moldova
Tel. no.: +373 22 00 99 72
Fax: +373 22 00 99 71
E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.tls.md

Georgia

 

TRANS CAUCASUS TERMINALS

Queen Tamar Av. 15, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel. no.: +995 32 2199898, +995 32 2198835
E-mail: [email protected]

Azerbaijan

KARVAN LOGISTICS

Hajibeyov str. 62, AZ 1010 Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel. no.: +99 412 5990516/17
Fax: +99 412 5990518
E-mail:  [email protected]

 

 

Updated on 2020-11-23