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Tarragona Port Consolidates A More Sustainable Rail Operation

Tarragona port consolidates a more sustainable rail operation

Tarragona Port Consolidates A More Sustainable Rail OperationSource: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona

Tarragona, Spain (PortSEurope) September 12, 2019 – In 2019, Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona (APT – Port Authority of Tarragona) launched an operational load of 3,000 tonnes of agri-food products, using a train with 17 wagons three times per week. The service is managed by the operator Go Transport, transports cereals from the warehouses of the port area to the destination of Zuera (Zaragoza), where the Alendi group has several feed factories and from where it comes to the distribution of the merchandise.

This operation represents a qualitative and quantitative leap in the logistics chain and offers a better service to customers, both economically and sustainably, taking into account that each operated train is equivalent to 35 loaded trucks.

With this system, the Port has enormous potential to transport freight by rail to the areas of Madrid, Valencia and Zaragoza and at this time it is working from the commercial department of the APT to add new customers to the railway shuttle service for to agri-food movements. Companies that carry out this activity are Ership and Euroports, and it is expected that more operators will be added to this initiative.

For this work, the different terminals and facilities of the Port are equipped with highly specialized machinery. Large capacity cranes, discharge tapes connected to different silos, stackers, special hoppers, etc. They allow an agile load and, in addition, incorporate systems for a greater respect to the environment, since they have systems of control of environmental solution and plans of security.

Historically, the Port of Tarragona is leading cereals and flour movements port at the state level, as well as for forage and fodder. At the moment, it has become the first port of the Mediterranean in agri-food products in bulk, exceeding five million tonnes per year. For the storage of these products, the port has 260,000 m² of covered surface, a figure only comparable to the port’s capabilities in the storage of liquids in bulk.

At the port facilities, in 2018, 1,423,483 tonnes were moved by rail. In total, 4,089 trains and 62,677 wagons traveled through the facilities of the Port of Tarragona.

The Port of Tarragona has Iberian gauge railway access to the whole port and mixed-area (UIC + Iberian) in more than 10 km. In addition, it has electrified access to the docks and terminals of the Ribera area, an area dedicated to general cargo. The Port has rail accesses that connect with the line to Saragossa-Madrid, the line to Valencia and the line to Barcelona, ​​therefore it is connected to all of Europe.

The internal rail network of the Port provides service to all operating docks. From east to west, there are three branches that connect the internal network of the Port with the ADIF network. In the east, the first branch crosses the dock of Aragon until reaching the dock of Catalonia, split up by two possible itineraries. The second branch runs parallel to the left bank of the Francolí river (in the west). This second branch gives access to the docks of Castilla (with three entry points) and the Chemistry, arriving at the railway station of the Chemistry.

The third branch, connected to the Valencia line, passes through the Hydrocarbons wharf until it reaches the docks of Andalusia, Cantabria and Galicia. Specifically in the dock of Galicia, there is the Boella intermodal terminal, next to the container terminal. This branch also provides services to the Port areas where a large part of the facilities for general cargo such as the vehicle terminal, a multipurpose terminal and the future Logistics Activities Zone (ZAL) are located.

Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona

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