Monday, October 12, 2015

Intermodal Cargo Facility Breaks Own Record for TEUs of Freight Handled

Monthly Total Smashed by Mediterranean Terminal
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN – Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), a subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings, has broken its own record for freight moved through the intermodal facility in one month. With all the sums complete August saw 15,000 TEU of cargo transported via rail, breaking the previous record of 13,000 TEU set in March of this year. The terminal managed to service nearly 300 trains, a 25% increase on its monthly average

The terminal is equipped with two Rail Mounted Gantry cranes allowing trains to be loaded in an average of one and a half hours per train and unloaded in just one hour. Each train has 22 wagons with capacity for 72 TEU. Rail traffic at BEST has increased significantly in recent years, increasing from 7.17% of local traffic in 2010 to 19% currently and Guillermo Belcastro, the terminal's General Manager, commented:

“This is an important milestone for BEST and the Port of Barcelona. With the continued hard work and support from the stevedores and the Barcelona Port Community we hope to sustain this trend for growth.”

The rail facilities currently serve a large hinterland within a 600 kilometre radius of Barcelona. From its an eight-track railway facility, the biggest on-dock railway terminal of any port in the Mediterranean, BEST operates an average of 65 weekly services to and from main destinations; Azuqueca (Madrid), Lisboa, Noain (Pamplona), Selgua, Zaragoza Plaza, Zaragoza TMZ, Villafría (Burgos), Tarragona and France. The terminal is Hutchison’s first semi-automated terminal which the group claim is the most technologically advanced port development project in Spain.

The potential market for rail has expanded in recent years supporting the strategic objective of the Port of Barcelona to become the Mediterranean’s alternative access point for European markets and BEST is capable of serving multiple mega-vessels simultaneously and has an eight-track railway facility, the biggest on-dock railway terminal of any port in the region.