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Companies From Riba-roja And Valenciaport Are Committed To Prioritizing Rail Transport Over The Road

Companies from Riba-roja and Valenciaport are committed to prioritizing rail transport over the road

Source: Valenciaport
València July 28, 2021.- The Polígonos Riba-roja A-3 (Rib A3) Business Association has held this Tuesday the first session of its networking meal initiative to which it will invite relevant people from the economic and political sector of the Region Valenciana so you can talk with companies in one of the most important industrial and logistics areas in Spain. At the first appointment, held at Bodegas
Nodus (Caudete de las Fuentes), the guest was the president of the Port Authority of Valencia, Aurelio Martínez, who explained one by one the projects, lines of action and current problems of the Port of Valencia in almost an hour of intervention before the more than 40 attendees. Among these objectives, intermodality and the commitment to the railroad as a method of transport to avoid the collapse of the highways, especially the V-30, and to drastically reduce CO2 emissions were points at which it converged with the sentiment of the Riba-roja business community. In fact, the possibility of creating a container halt in this logistics area was put on the table to create a rail shuttle service directly to the Port of València. A project that would have many advantages in terms of operability and reduction of CO2 emissions, in addition to increasing the security and automation of deliveries, loads and unloadings. It would be thousands of containers that are sent every day from Riba-roja to the Port in trucks that would begin to arrive through the railroad: a safer, cleaner and faster transport. However, projects of this type require, first, political will and, later, a significant bag of land to build the necessary infrastructure at the point of origin. A possibility that, according to Aurelio Martínez, has been considered to take advantage, precisely, of an old train track that connected with Cuenca and that could be reused for this transport. Both the companies and Rib A3 made themselves available to the Port to support this or other similar projects with the same objectives: improving efficiency and reducing environmental impact. From Rib A3, its manager, Romina Moya, highlighted the will of the association to help entrepreneurs have a meeting place to be able to join forces in claiming projects of this type. An association that includes large consolidated companies such as Raminatrans, led by Rafael Milla, and others of new creation such as LoGy Logistics Solutions, by Javier Navarro Fayos. Both businessmen agreed in thanking Aurelio Martínez for attending the event and for his sincerity in raising the problems of maritime traffic and the real status of possible solutions. In this sense, Rafael Milla insisted on the importance of a united business sector that goes hand in hand with entities such as the Port to ask the institutions for the necessary improvements so that Valencian companies can continue to be competitive and create wealth and employment. For his part, Javier Navarro, who opens with the company LoGy, highlighted the added value that the presence of Aurelio Martínez gave to a networking event for companies like this one organized by Rib A3. International collapse and expansion needs Martínez made an extensive review of the maritime transport situation deeply marked by the crisis experienced in recent months as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. He explained that the increase in demand for products by the US due to his government’s consumer incentive policies has caused an increase in imports to North America, causing a collapse of ships that is affecting international maritime traffic. The demand is increasing and so are the containers, but the infrastructures are the same. This implies that ships have to wait up to three weeks to unload and companies revert those costs in the price of freight that have risen significantly in recent months. Stabilization will not arrive until the end of 2022, according to forecasts by the president of the Port Authority, who has recognized that the situation has caused a collapse in the logistics chain. Faced with this new panorama, it has reiterated the need to expand the infrastructures of ports such as Valencia with the anticipation that the future of maritime transport will pass through “a few powerful port hubs” among which Valencia is to be placed. Hence the need to be able to carry out projects such as the terminals of the northern expansion, the start-up of the ZAL (27 years off) or a northern access to the port that avoids the current agglomeration of trucks on the V-21 and V- 30. Projects that are on the table and well advanced but that are encountering opposition based on fundamentally environmental issues. However, the president of the port stressed that precisely these improvements will help reduce the carbon footprint of maritime transport. In fact, he stressed that one of the fundamental lines of the Port of Valencia’s strategy for the coming years is sustainability and innovation with a 2030 agenda that aims to achieve port facilities that generate all the energy they consume thanks to the installation of solar panels. and a wind farm. Efficiency, with a firm commitment to digitization, or the improvement of port-city integration are other strategic lines of the project led by Aurelio Martínez. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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