2020: A successful year for the port of Vienna

The port of Vienna is an important infrastructure and utilities company that has kept operating even during the COVID crisis, thus contributing essentially to supplying the city.

Container loading at the port of Vienna

The port and its subsidiary WienCont have been in continuous operation through both lockdowns and even managed to grow. Rail connections to European seaports were expanded and new business segments opened up.

Systematic improvements of the structures and numerous measures to enhance efficiency have also helped make the port of Vienna even more competitive and profitable. A first glance at the 2020 annual balance sheet indicates a very positive development.

400,000 container threshold within reach

The core element of the port of Vienna is the trimodal container terminal with rail, road and water links. This way, the port provides optimal solutions and great flexibility in cargo handling for its partners.

The terminal staff handled around 376,000 containers in 2019; in 2018 it was 346,000. In the crisis-ridden year of 2020, it looks like the 400,000 threshold is within reach.

The number of weekly trains handled at the container terminal of the port of Vienna increased from 100 trains in 2019 to 110 trains this year.

Connections to all of Europe

The intermodal container trains of the port of Vienna are the "pipelines" for the cargo flows to large international port cities like Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Koper, and Rijeka as well as to continental hubs in the Central Eastern Europe region, such as Budapest and Bratislava.

Great boost thanks to new trailer trains

The so-called trailer business was built up anew in 2020. Entire semi-trailers are lifted onto a train and transported to their destinations. This business has seen an excellent development. In mid-2019, WienCont started 2 roundtrips (4 trains) to and from Rotterdam per week; meanwhile this has increased to another 2 roundtrips (4 trains). On the axis Vienna-Rotterdam, trailer business has thus already doubled in its second financial year.

WienCont's business success during the Corona year is also thanks to the specific exploitation of niches. For instance, the branch of container repairs has seen an outstanding development.

Navigating the crisis with success

Overall, the port of Vienna has mastered the challenging Corona phase very well, especially on an operative and organisational level. Shift teams were formed that work independently of each other. The use of home office as well as the digitisation of core operation processes (such as introduction of regular video conferences) were expanded.

Port of Vienna: Logistics hub

The port of Vienna stands out with its optimal direct links to rail, road, and water as well as its proximity to the Vienna International Airport. The port of Vienna as part of Wien Holding is a business owned by the City of Vienna. With an area of 3 million square metres and around 100 companies on site, the logistics centre Hafen Wien provides up to 5,000 jobs and is an important employer in the region. The freight ports Freudenau, Albern, and Lobau make it the largest public Danube port in Eastern Austria.

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