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Once all three phases of the major infrastructure project have been completed, the terminal is expected to be able to handle more than 600 thousand shipping containers by 2025.

Rijeka Port Authority Director Denis Vukorepa said the second phase of the project was about to get underway and should be completed in two years' time. He said that Zagreb Deep Sea would put the Rijeka port at the forefront of container shipping.

According to the European Commission, phase 2 includes the construction of a further 280 metres of sea wall. Meanwhile, the long term development of the project within the scope of phase 3, would allow for the wall to be extended to a maximum length of 1250 metres.

The project will allow the new terminal to attract the latest generation of vessels and supplement the container handling capacity of the existing Adriatic Gate Container Terminal. The goal is to make the port into a competitive link between the rest of the European Union in an effort to aid other North Adriatic ports in handling the considerable growth of container traffic on its sea routes from the Far East to the Central and South-East European markets.

The Port of Rijeka will have a major role moving forward as it is the most convenient transit hub to Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, southern Poland, and Germany.

Source: HRT