Mošnov launched a unique freight terminal

Pavel Karban

The largest combined transport terminal in the Czech Republic, which connects rail, road, and air freight transport, has started operations in Mošnov in the Novojičín region. It was built near the Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport in Mošnov, on the former land of the city of Ostrava.

Teminál Mošnov, which cost over 800 million crowns to build together with the infrastructure, is part of the Ostrava Airport Multimodal Park (OAMP). In addition, there are four halls offering warehouse, production, and office space on an area of 81 hectares.

The developer HB Reavis proposed the idea of building a logistics center in 2007. However, it failed to do the project even after ten years. It was not until Concens Investments took over the project that it took half the time to get it up and to run.

It will serve as a train of maximum length

Mošnov terminal is currently the largest combined terminal in the country. The length is 730 meters of track. It is thus able to handle a complete train. This is the maximum length allowed on the lines, making the transshipment process more efficient because trains do not have to be disconnected.

Since July this year, the terminal has been owned by IF Invest East from the Austrian group Innofreight. It operates the terminal with Medlog Czech Republic, Budamar Logistic, and ČD Cargo Logistic.

“The containers arrive at the port by ship. They are loaded onto a train that arrives at the terminal. There, the containers are unloaded and transferred to tractor-trailers that deliver them to the final clients,” Michaela Svrčková, administrative director of Medlog Czech Republic, described the logistics.

She added that currently, four trains a week are handled in Mošnov. However, the capacity of the terminal is four trains per day.

The terminal is not only part of OAMP but also part of the Mošnov industrial zone. According to Ostrava Mayor Tomáš Macura (ANO), the latter is already mostly filled or sold out.

“There is still a 50-hectare plot of land left in the city’s ownership, which we are saving for a strategic investor,” Macura said, confirming that a company is interested in this particular plot of land. He did not say who it was. He only said that the company would like to build a production and research base in the zone to produce products with higher added value.