First container train leaves Odessa on Silk Road intermodal route to China

A container train was loaded onto a ferry at the Black Sea port of Odessa last week in a trial run of a new intermodal Silk Road route running from Europe to China via Ukraine, bypassing Russia.
After the ferry  docked in the Georgian port of Poti on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, the train was scheduled to continue its journey overland to Baku where it was to be loaded onto another ferry that would transport it across the Caspian sea to Aktau in Kazakhstan.
From there, it was due to continue its journey across Central Asia before reaching its final destination. “The route is a new link on the Silk Road and… will help to redirect traffic flows in an easterly direction bypassing Russian territory,”  the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure said.
The journey from Kiev to Aktau should  take  about nine days and is scheduled to run three times a week starting in March.