Tarragona, Spain (PortSEurope) September 8, 2019 – The president of Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona (APT – Port Authority of Tarragona), Josep Maria Cruset and the general director, Ramon Ignacio García, met with representatives of ADIF to celebrate the first meeting of the joint working group that must to allow a greater cooperation of the two entities to improve the connections and the railway and port logistics.
The decision to establish this joint working group is the result of the agreement between both entities and the daily collaboration that is already taking place between ADIF and the Port of Tarragona. ADIF is responsible, on behalf of the Port Authority, of the operation of the trains that operate within the port area of Tarragona.
The objective of the working group and of the meeting today is to increase the collaboration to launch cooperation systems that allow a more efficient operation of the railroad, both within the port area and in terms of the connection of the Port with the general rail network, the arrival of the 3rd ring, the Mediterranean corridor, etc.
The final objective of the Port of Tarragona is to get to implant an efficient and competitive rail system to optimize the transport of merchandise by rail from the Port to the rest of the peninsula and to the rest of Europe. This system implies the implementation of a joint Port and ADIF operation based on a technical and technological convergence that allows optimizing intermodal operations.
The implementation of this system would reduce loading and unloading times, waiting times, incidents, etc. which could occur if there is no full coordination between the two areas, port and rail.
The Port of Tarragona seeks to promote the transport by train with the view put in the near future as it is expected that the third mill will start operating in a few years, which would place the Port with an opportunity to compete with the ports of northern D Europe, through a direct connection with European road width, and with the opportunity of greater freight traffic to the center of the peninsula connecting intermodal La Boella terminals (already operational) and Guadalajara-Marchamalo (in project).
This working group responds to the interest of the European Commission and the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) for Tarragona as it will become a strategic node for the Mediterranean corridor, as the branch of the Mediterranean corridor to the south of the Peninsula and the central branch to Zaragoza and Madrid.
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona (APT – Port Authority of Tarragona)
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