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Combi Terminal Cataluña And Port Of Tarragona Sign A Agreement To Invest And Operate The La Boella Intermodal Terminal

Combi Terminal Cataluña and Port of Tarragona sign a agreement to invest and operate the La Boella Intermodal Terminal

Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona
The agreement establishes the firm commitment to intermodality and the transport of goods by rail – March 15, 2021 The company expects to start its activity once the Mediterranean Corridor reaches Tarragona and moves a traffic of up to 118,000 UTIs per year, in the first 4 years of operation. With this alliance, CTC and the Port of Tarragona join forces to concentrate intermodal services
at the Boella Terminal The president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep M. Cruset, and the executive representative of the company Combi Terminal Catalonia SL (CTC), Antoni Torà, have given a press conference to announce the joint agreement to invest and operate the Intermodal Terminal of the Boella, located in the port near the docks of Cantàbria and Andalusia. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Port of Tarragona and CTC includes the company’s interest in operating the La Boella Intermodal Terminal as a concession with the aim of jointly promoting the logistics competitiveness of the Tarragona area, taking advantage of the synergies between the Port of Tarragona and the industry of the Camp de Tarragona regions, as well as the interior. The spirit of the agreement is to operate in accordance with European intermodal standards, in terms of volumes and weight of transport units. Taking advantage of the existing infrastructures of the Port of Tarragona, CTC has decided not to install a new intermodal terminal at BASF’s facilities in La Canonja, but to join forces with the Port of Tarragona to build on these existing infrastructures, the La Boella Intermodal Terminal. The two institutions have forged this alliance that will provide the region with a more sustainable transportation project, in every way. The Intermodal Terminal of La Boella Currently in operation, the De La Boella Intermodal Terminal, located within the Port’s facilities, is very well prepared for the future of the railway sector in the Camp de Tarragona region. Not only because it is the only terminal ready to operate with 750-metre trains and standard gauge rails, but also because it is a reality and has room to double its current capacity, if necessary in the future. Although the Tarragona area is an exporting region, and there is still a long way to go in the field of road-rail intermodality, with rail traffic currently representing only 5% of total domestic traffic in Spain, the size of the The regional economy does not foresee the need for the construction of new railway terminals, beyond the current facilities, whether public or private, especially taking into account the space available for the expansion of the La Boella facilities. The terminal is strategically located within the Port, in the main regional transport and logistics node next to the southern petrochemical complex of Tarragona, the largest in southern Europe. In fact, Tarragona and its port are considered one of the “nuclei” of the Trans-European Transport Network. Current road and rail connectivity includes the following major connections. By highway: · AP7 and A7 – Convoys along the MED coast (Barcelona-Valencia). · A27 – From the Port, connecting Lleida, Zaragoza and Madrid. T11-N420 – South of Aragon and Castilla, ending at the Ciudad / Real Puertollano chemical complex By rail: · Nexus between the lines of Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona. Northbound standard meter (mixed) planned for 2022 Ready to go The terminal is ready to start working in the short term, given the adaptations provided by CTC. Having part of the investment reduces the risks derived from unforeseen additional costs, which facilitates the maintenance of budgetary provisions. In addition to the continental traffic already identified by CTC, the strategic location of La Boella can capitalize on other traffic generated a few kilometers from the terminal: • Container for maritime traffic. • The traffic that will be generated will go to the planned Logistics Activities Area (ZAL) located next to the terminal, with its own rail access, parallel to the reception and dispatch lines of the La Boella Terminal. The ZAL represents almost a million square meters dedicated to logistics. Start of operations during 2021. • Traffic with origin or destination from / to the Guadalajara Intermodal Terminal, belonging to a logistics park of more than 2 million square meters next to the main logistics and industrial corridor in Spain (Henares) and in the vicinity of other large industrial complexes in Guadalajara . • The Port has recently doubled its tank storage capacity from 0.8 Mm3 to 1.6 Mm3. Since the storage is located within the port facilities, the products could be moved without payload restrictions within the port facilities to the terminal to be loaded on any outbound train, providing potential traffic that could be exploited. • To a lesser extent, there is also the option of combining with other rail traffic originated or received at the port. The Mediterranean Corridor At the press conference, the President of the Port stated that “we cannot forget the role played by the Mediterranean corridor in this project; the potential of this infrastructure will end up positioning Tarragona as a strategic axis in the trans-European transport network when the corridor Mediterranean and the central corridor, meet in Tarragona “. Cruset added that “this agreement exponentially increases our ability to increase volumes.” He then explained that “we have to be aware that this creates a win-win situation, one that allows us both to increase traffic from other terminals / infrastructures and at the same time to complete the trains already planned.” For the president of the Port of Tarragona, “this is an agreement that will be a decisive boost to intermodality and rail transport and will reinforce the port’s role as a logistics center in southern Europe”. He also highlighted “CTC’s great strategic vision and its willingness to collaborate and forge a business alliance, to develop an infrastructure with a high initial competitive potential, which will be further reinforced when the intermodal area of ​​logistics and port terminals of Guadalajara “. For his part, the CTC executive representative also thanked “the good will and support of the Port of Tarragona to draw important lines of the project and actively contribute to making it a reality.” He also explained that “La Boella’s facilities will incorporate the latest technical and digital advances in order to offer competitive services to help customers compete in the Iberian and European markets.” He also explained that “the Boella facilities will incorporate the latest technical and digital advances in order to offer competitive services to help customers compete in the Iberian and European market”. Sustainability Both representatives have agreed on the contribution that this project will have in reducing the carbon footprint, since each train that operates in the terminal would have a footprint of only 45 grams of CO2 per ton and kilometer, compared to the 80 grams emitted. by a truck transport. And they also highlighted that the improved La Boella terminal not only has technical advantages, given the technical characteristics of the terminal or its scalability, but also the synergies derived from collaboration and alliance with a public body such as the Port, facilitating dialogue with the administration, access to the port authority and other traffic generators located within the port area to complement the traffic already planned by CTC. Combi Terminal Catalonia Combi Terminal Cataluña is a company whose main objective is to operate an intermodal freight terminal in Tarragona. It was created in 2014 as a joint venture between the companies BASF Española, Contank, Hoyer, Schmidt, Pañalón and Kombiverkehr, during 2021 the incorporation of 3 more partners is expected. The terminal will connect companies located in Tarragona and its immediate surroundings with the main European production centers and plants by rail, making the movement of goods entering and leaving the territory more sustainable and competitive. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona (APT – Port Authority of Tarragona)

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