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DP World to open North-east Romania terminal

[ May 5, 2022   //   ]

DP World is to open a terminal in the industrial Alba region of north-eastern Romania, a part of the country that has previously lacked robust transport infrastructure, says the port and terminal operator.

Decea is located in Alba county and close to the industrial and trade hubs of Cluj, Sibiu, Mures and Hunedoara.

The 82,000sq m Decea intermodal terminal near Aiud will offer a static storage capacity of 3,000teu and will be directly connected to the electrified rail network. DP World said the new terminal will link an area that contributes 50% of Romania’s industrial GDP directly by rail connections to Europe and all the way to China. It will also drive further business to DP World’s Constanta seaport.

It will generate about 30 direct job opportunities over the next five years. The terminal is being developed by Belgian firm ILD, and will take up a third of the new logistics park surrounding the terminal, which offers 180,000sq m for industrial and logistics development.

DP World Romania chief executive, Cosmin Carstea, said: “The benefits offered to the import and export supply chains will have a significant and positive impact across the country with the terminal offering efficient, robust and reliable trade routes across borders. The vast number of businesses in the area will now have a logistics hub within easy reach that will then enable the flow of trade across the globe.”

Cosmin continued: “This new terminal is a big step in helping DP World become an end-to-end logistics provider in Romania by merging intermodal terminal operations with marine terminal operations, while also providing: warehouse logistics, rail and truck loading and unloading, stripping and stuffing, ambient and temperature-controlled warehouses, office space and truck yard parking.”

DP World has owned and operated its Constanta terminal in the southeast of the country for 18 years and recently renewed its concession agreement with the Maritime Port Authority of Constanta for a further 30 years, until 2049. It is located on the edge of the Black Sea and offers barge connections to the River Danube. 

Rashid Abdulla, CEO of DP World Europe said: “DP World Constanta is a strong example of this commitment. It is one of the Black Sea’s premier container terminals, with multi-modal connectivity through road, rail, inland waterways and maritime connections to the world, serving both the Romanian domestic market as well as Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.

“We are very proud of our sustained achievements in Constanta since we started operating there in 2004, and I am confident that we will have a similar impact in Decea and the surrounding area. Romania has huge potential to become a major player in the trade and logistics sector in Europe and today is a major milestone on that journey.”