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PHOTO: East-West Gate has finally opened in Fényeslitke

PHOTO: East-West Gate has finally opened in Fényeslitke
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27 / 10 / 2022

The largest and most modern intermodal terminal in Europe has finally opened in Feneshlittke. Having been built in record time, East-West Gate solemnly welcomed the first train with Ukrainian agricultural products, which pulled in during the terminal handover ceremony.

The East-West Gate is located at the intersection of broad gauge and standard gauge railway tracks and is capable of handling up to one million 20-foot containers per year. In addition, it is suitable for loading trucks and conventional road semi-trailers onto railway tracks and has significant capacity for the transshipment of agricultural products, so it could soon become the largest railway hub for Ukrainian food exports.

The speed of the construction process is impressive: construction of the East-West Gate on an 85-hectare site began after preparatory work in January 2021. Technical and technological testing began in March this year and lasted several months, and EWG received a railway license from the National Transport Administration in June.

The terminal is capable of transshipping containers from wide gauge to standard gauge, as well as from rail trains to trucks. EWG is also suitable for the transshipment of trucks and conventional road semi-trailers to rail transport. This will make it possible to transfer as much of the freight traffic arriving by road at the EU border as possible to rail transport, which is in line with the EU's climate goals. EWG cranes are ATEX and ADR certified, so they can also handle special materials such as gas tanks and chemicals.

However, a crucial fact is that EWG is also ready to handle Ukrainian agricultural products by the conditions dictated by the Russian war. It is expected that from November 2022 it will be able to handle 800 tons of grain and 450 cubic meters of sunflower oil per hour, making it the largest railway hub for Ukrainian food exports. During the opening ceremony, the first train with Ukrainian agricultural goods, organized by the EWG, arrived at the terminal. A total of 1,146 tons of wheat, millet, and green peas shipped by Ugrain Trade LLC arrived in 44 twenty-foot containers, which will be shipped to the Csepel Free Port after transshipment.

"With the construction of the East-West Gate, Hungary is back on the map of international rail logistics," stressed János Tálosi. The CEO of the investor East-West Intermodal Logistics Zrt. added that the most advanced technologies available have been incorporated into the terminal, making transport faster and more accurate. "EWG is independent, and its services are available to any rail and road freight company in the world, open to all freight forwarding operators and carriers," said János Tálosi.

It is also impressive that East-West Gate is the first company in Europe to operate cranes remotely using 5G technology. The terminal has a 41-meter and two 28-meter giant cranes on rails, as well as a 20-meter crane on rubber tires. The cranes, supplied by Austrian company Künz, are equipped with 20 high-resolution cameras that, with the help of 5G, can be viewed in real-time in the center of the terminal and react in the same way, without delay, to operate the cranes as if they were working in the crane cab. The private 5G network required for this was built by Vodafone Hungary and the network equipment was supplied by Huawei.

"Investments in private 5G networks will clearly pay off, as new industrial and logistical business models can be built on next-generation mobile networks, which can contribute to the development of Hungarian companies, job creation, and last but not least, stimulate exports and make Hungary an attractive destination. A great example of this is the private 5G network deployed at the East-West Gate terminal, whose increased speed, capacity, and minimal latency will enable the efficient and flexible operation of a smart rail combined terminal equipped with the latest devices, technologies, control, and security equipment," said Mátyás Dobó, Deputy CEO of Vodafone Hungary's Corporate Services Business Unit.

 

Source: EWG Press Releases

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