Tarragona, Spain (PortSEurope) March 4, 2020 – Attending the conference “Tarragona, port of Aragon – future projects (Tarragona, puerto de Aragón. Proyectos de futuro)”, president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Maria Cruset, said that Tarragona was the natural port of Aragon, and highlighted coming developments in intermodality and a Zal zone. The event took place at the Expo Business Park in Zaragoza, with 60
representatives from local entrepreneurs, and chaired by the managing director of Aragón Logistics Platform (Aragón Plataforma Logística), Francisco de la Fuente. The president of the port explained that the investment carried out in the port facilities in 2019 has allowed studies and projects for the strategic port infrastructure to be carried out. “We are working to face this decade with sustainable dynamism. The projects promoted and highlighted in 2019 have been among others, the works of the Intermodal Terminal of Guadalajara (Terminal Intermodal de Guadalajara); the tender for the construction of the Moll de Balears for cruise ships; the development of the muelle de la Química; the La Boella intermodal logistics terminal and Zona de Actividades Logísticas (ZAL). All these projects and others will be carried out during 2020 and early 2021″. ZAL Development On the development of the ZAL, Cruset already said that: “It is an extension of 20% of the surface of the Port of Tarragona for logistics activities related to port traffic, with about 100 hectares”. In fact, the Company Plan of the Port of Tarragona until 2024 provides for an investment of €150 million for all the projected infrastructures, among them the construction of the aforementioned ZAL. Between this year and the next, the works of urbanization and construction of the first ships will be finished, and in 2022 begin to move their own merchandise. This will result in an increase in traffic between 2 and 4 million tons per year. But not only that, but some 3,500 new jobs, 3,000 direct and 500 indirect, are expected. The almost one million m² of the ZAL offer a great opportunity for the territory, since there is great saturation and high prices in other logistics spaces. The ZAL is oriented to logistics companies that provide great added value and to companies of maritime components, such as groupage (sharing shipments, in the same container) and packaging (protection of goods in their shipments). Intermodality He also discussed the Intermodal Terminal of Guadalajara, in Puerta Centro, a commitment to the intermodality of the Port and to optimize the logistics chain and to offer its customers a better service, both from an economic and ecological point of view. The president made it clear that the intermodal terminal in Guadalajara that will be built this year will allow service to all companies that want to take their products and merchandise to the “last mile”. In addition, he explained that the strategy of the Port is to diversify the methods of exiting bulk goods and general cargo of the facilities and become more efficient and sustainable. Thus, he continued in his presentation, the aforementioned project of the ZAL – together with the intermodal terminal of La Boella, in the port facilities, and the Intermodal Terminal Guadalajara – are the strategic lines and the most effective options for those companies that want to optimize costs and reduce emissions. The use of the railroad between the aforementioned zones and terminals allows to reduce the footprint and CO2 emissions, as well as other notable improvements in the logistics chain. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.