The project, co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility European Programme, has established an innovative intermodal logistics chains for perishable goods, by integrating Motorways of the Sea and railway combined transport, linking the Middle East with the main Central European markets via 3 Mediterranean core ports: Venice, Koper and Marseille/Fos.
The chance of using different transport modes within the same cold logistics chain, through Motorways of the Sea and rail transport, has several advantages, such as permitting the transport of temperature sensitive food products to distant markets in Northern Europe including Scandinavian markets. In order to reach this goal, the action has developed ICT solutions that will increase the level of interoperability between different transport modes, improve the precision in tracing the products and, at the same time, speed up the required control and certification procedures.
This initiative has been defined by the project partner Mr. Gad Barak – Vice President of Logistics, Mehadrin: “a fundamental opportunity for fostering the commercial trade flows in the Mediterranean context, and between Europe and Middle East markets, through the exploitation of an efficient and integrated logistic chain that ensure both competitiveness to the agrifood producers and to the logistic operators and high-quality products to the European final consumers”. As a matter of fact, Fresh Food corridors offers reduced transit time, service quality, reliability and cost-efficient cargo transport with maritime and railway scheduled services. At the same time, “FFC gives great importance to the environmental aspects thanks to the use of a new innovative electric power supply able to reduce CO2 emissions and to promoting the services that use green energy” has declared Mr. Barak.
The power supply technology used by Fresh Food Corridors is certainly one of the most innovative aspects of the project: “it is opening the intermodal market to significant possibilities to carry-on maritime reefer containers on rail, without any electricity supply disruption. Moreover, there will be no need to unload RF containers into refrigerated warehouses before the transportation of the fresh products on a long distance” said Mr. Alexandre Gallo – General Manager of Eurorail Group, a company partner of the project.
Another important result achieved by the action is the cooperation between the several stakeholders involved in the action: producers/importer, transport and logistics operator, retailers and final consumer, SMEs and Institutional bodies sush as Port Authorities, Inland Terminals, chamber of commerce etc. “we would like to demonstrate that tight cooperation between fresh agricultural producers or exporters, maritime companies, terminal and railway undertakers can provide the market with a fast and competitive routing for fresh food, achieving a shorter transit time” . has said Mr. Gallo.
In detail, Fresh Food Corridors and its benefits will be presented by Mr. Gad Barak and Mr. Alexandre Gallo who will be speaking up at Intermodal Europe 2017 Conference within the session “Cold chain Forum” that will take place on 28th November, from 14.00 to 16.05 (Theatre 1).
Source: Rete Autostrade Mediterranee S.p.a.