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Barcelona Port Produces Positive Rail Audit

Barcelona port produces positive rail audit

Source: APM Terminals
Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) May 11, 2020 – The Port of Barcelona has successfully completed the audit of its Security Management System and Railway Operations, a set of measures to guarantee that the management of the railway operations of the port area are carried out safely. The port authority is responsible for the rail services within its facilities, and subject to review by the the Ministry of
Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA – Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana). The audit includes railway circulation, infrastructure management and maintenance, a contingency plan for incidents, and various control and communication processes. It concluded that the port’s systems were robust and adequate to guarantee security in the railway circulation. Rail transport is essential to the port, which has invested heavily in a port network that can load containers and cargo on trains quickly and efficiently for transport to other parts of Spain, with connection services to Portugal and France. This has been assistant by terminal operators, APM Terminals and BEST Hutchison, as well as Centros Logísticos de Can Tunis y Morrot, the logistics centre of state railway operator Adif. At present there are 50 km of tracks and 15 railway terminals in metric, Iberian and UIC width in service in the port, and Barcelona is the only port on the Iberian Peninsula directly connected to the European rail network. Its intermodality capacity has allowed the container rail quota to go from being from 3.2% in 2006 to 13% in 2019, while that of vehicles stands at 35%. The investment comes with an improved environmental footprint for the port; Barcelona port railway companies have accounted for the saving of 50,000 tons of CO2 during 2019. Other companies operating with rail services include DB Cargo Logistics, Hupac, Kombiverkehr Deutsche Gesellschaft, Multirail, Renfe Merchandise, Sicsa Rail Transport, SA, Shuttlewise, Synergy, TP Nova and Viia Lorry-Rail. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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