According to the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Zagreb Deep Sea container terminal was declared a strategic project of the Republic of Croatia and it presents the most complex capital project of the Port of Rijeka Authority. The construction of the Phase 1 terminal was realized as part of a comprehensive project financed by a World Bank loan officially named “Rijeka Gateway Project I and II”, with the aim to achieve modernization of the port area, procurement of port equipment and construction of roads to the port of Rijeka.
On May 23, 2019, the works on the construction of the first phase of the Zagreb Deep Sea container terminal were completed. The completion of works on the new container terminal at the Zagreb port signifies the completion of a comprehensive project for the reconstruction of the Rijeka traffic route, called the Rijeka Gateway project.
The container terminal will be connected via a new state road D-403 which connects the port of Rijeka, more precisely the Zagreb Deep Sea container terminal to the Škurinje junction which is under construction. In this way, the Zagreb Deep Sea container terminal will be connected to the network of Croatian motorways, ie to the main network of the TEN-T corridor. The length of the D403 road from the port of Rijeka (ZDSCT) to the Škurinje junction on the Rijeka bypass is approximately 3 km with a branch to connect to the city road network. At the same time, a connecting road of the port area is being built, which will ensure traffic connection of the port area (general cargo terminal) in the Rijeka Basin with the state road D 403.
On 24 June 2021, the 165th session of the Governing Council of the Port of Rijeka Authority was held, at which the Decision on granting a concession for the development and economic use of the Zagreb Deep Sea container terminal in the Port of Rijeka was adopted. The decision followed a successful concession procedure, which began on March 22, 2021 and ended on May 10, 2021, with the public opening of bids at the Port of Rijeka Authority. Pursuant to the Decision, the Port of Rijeka Authority grants a concession for the development and economic use of the Zagreb Deep Sea container terminal in the Port of Rijeka to the APM TERMINALS / ENNA LOGIC Consortium consisting of: APM TERMINALS B.V. Turfmarkt 107, The Hague, The Netherlands and ENNA LOGIC d.o.o. Economic Zone 13, Vukovar, Republic of Croatia. The concession is granted for a period of 50 (fifty) years with the estimated value of the concession is HRK 20,543,241,942.00 (excluding VAT), and the determined amount of the fixed concession fee is EUR 2,000,000 per year.