On November 27, the Port of Tarragona organized the first edition of the Rail Day, a day that has brought together more than 150 professionals to talk about the present and the future of intermodality. Under the slogan ‘Tarragona, strategic intermodal TEN-T node’, carriers, operators, terminals, business organizations, shipping companies, infrastructure managers and public agents have met in the Port of Tarragona to analyze the future of intermodal terminals.
The day was born of the concern of the sector around the Intermodal service, as well as the opportunity to create a forum where the port community, with service providers and companies, identify business opportunities to achieve more efficient, competitive chains of transport and environmentally and socially speaking sustainable.
The main theme of Rail Day has been the movement of trains and rail terminals in a railway environment, as a means of extending the scope of the ports hinterland and improving international connections. In this sense, Rail Day has become a platform to publicize the competitive advantages of the Port of Tarragona: good geographic position, excellent penetration in the hinterland, efficiency and added value to its logistics chains.
The debate on the day has focused on the commitment to increase the railway quota as an element to increase the competitiveness of user companies of the port taking advantage of the Intermodal system and the potential of the Port of Tarragona for rail transport towards the areas of Madrid, Valencia and Zaragoza; and towards the rest of Europe through the future corridor of the Mediterranean.
The Rail Day has been divided into 3 main parts. The first part has begun with the presentation of three presentations. ‘Spanish intermodal terminals in the network TEN-T, news and future’ of the director of the company CIMALSA, Simó Batlle, has opened the day. Below, Miquel Llevat, director of CAPTRAIN, spoke with his speech entitled ‘The Intermodal Rail Traffic in the MED Row.’ To end the first part, the president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Maria Cruset, explained the uses and potentialities of the Intermodal de la Boella terminal: “an intermodal terminal that wants to promote imports and exports throughout the hinterland of Tarragona (Catalonia, Aragon, Madrid) facilitating trade flows. ” For that,
In the second part, a roundtable has been organized to discuss the future of intermodal terminals with the focus on the opportunity that Tarragona has for access to the wide standard in 2021. In this debate they have participated Cristian Bardají from GENCAT-CSM, José Antonio Sebastián de GO TRANSPORT, Luis Vicente Moreno from ADIF, Rodrigo Cannaval de BASF and Ramón Vázquez de ACTE.
To close this first edition of Rail Day, the Port of Tarragona, has organized a visit to the Terminal of the Boella with all the professionals. This visit has given them the possibility of knowing in person the facilities, the operation and the potential of the intermodality.
The Port of Tarragona makes a clear commitment to intermodality in order to optimize the logistics chain and to offer a better service to its customers, both economically and sustainably. It has Iberian gauge rail access throughout the port and mixed area (UIC + Iberian) in more than 10 km. The Port has rail accesses that connect with the line to Saragossa-Madrid, the line to Valencia and the line to Barcelona, therefore 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. 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.