HHLA’s Italian multi-purpose terminal in Trieste welcomed the first container vessel “OPS Hamburg”, chartered in and operated by the CMA CGM Group.


For the first time, a container vessel called at the Italian multi-purpose terminal “Piattaforma Logistica Trieste” (PLT). The “OPS Hamburg” was handled fast and efficiently. The vessel is operated by the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, and part of CMA CGM’s service TMX3, connecting Turkey with the Adriatic Sea on a weekly basis.

Antonio Barbara, Managing Director of HHLA PLT: “We were delighted to welcome the “OPS Hamburg” at our terminal. Undoubtedly a good omen, the name of the vessel recalls the link between Trieste and our majority shareholder HHLA in Hamburg. It will inaugurate a new regular CMA CGM service – the TMX3 to connect Turkey with HHLA PLT Italy in Trieste port. This TMX3 service represents an important step forward for our terminal. We would like to thank CMA CGM or choosing HHLA PLT Italy.”

Paolo Lo Bianco, Managing Director of CMA CGM Italy: “TMX3 service offers one of the best-in-class transit time between Western Turkey and North Adriatic – Italy and Slovenia – with a journey of 3,5 days from Gemlik to Trieste and of 4 days from Gemlik to Koper. It represents a sustainable alternative to truck transportation reducing CO2 emissions, with optimized lead time, frequency and costs. Moreover, door-to-door intermodal solutions including 45’ PW container complement the sea product.”

The multi-function terminal HHLA PLT is an important part of the Italian seaport of Trieste and is located within the Free Port zone. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has acquired a majority stake in the terminal. The 27-hectare port facility consists of an area for the handling of assorted break bulk and a newly built area that provides berths deep enough for RoRo and container ships. As a logistics hub on the Baltic-Adriatic line, Trieste is not only very well connected with Central and Eastern Europe but also offers connections all the way to the Baltic region. PLT will use this strategically relevant position to strengthen eco-friendly rail transportation with the European hinterland.