The Turkish logistics operator Ekol acquired 65% stake in the operator of the Ro-Ro terminal at the Italian port of Trieste. The port is used by the Turkish logistics operator to carry out its Ro-Ro and rail transportation. Ekol uses the Italian port of Trieste for weekly service calls from Istanbul, as well as sending its intermodal train in Europe. Every week the company sends 44 route to Cologne and Ludwigshafen in Germany and Ostrava in the Czech Republic. The investments in the development of terminal business run parallel investments in the expansion of the ferry company’s fleet. Last month, the company took delivery of six new ro-ro ship Meleq, which will start operating on the route Turkey-Trieste in February.
The company Alternative Transport, which is ferry carrier of Ekol, operates four weekly services between the port of Haydarpasa in Istanbul and Trieste, including a service to the French port of Sete. Since the beginning of next year, a vessel in the services will call at Istanbul, but at the new Ekol terminal in Yalova.
In the coming years the Turkish logistics operator Ekol plans to launch new services from Trieste to Egypt and Israel, which will be connected through the intermodal train to the innerpart of Europe. To this end, the company plans to increase investment in terminal capacity from 110,000 for berthing and 70,000 units. Units at the front of the train up to 140,000 and 100,000 units, respectively, in the next year.
Ekol Logistics, the Turkish logistics company, which is the fastest growing in Europe. Ekol has opened its offices in Italy in 2011, after creating Ekol Germany in 1996, it acquired Ekol Romania, and continued to grow by opening one after the other new facilities in the most important centers of Europe with major investments in Bosnia, France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine in 2012.