Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New Container Freight Train Service Opens European Intermodal Routes

Port to Door as Box Terminals Link by Rail
Shipping News Feature
SPAIN – This month saw the commencement of a new freight train service linking Barcelona with the Miranda Container Terminal (TCM) in Miranda de Ebro. The new route will boost intermodal traffic as the terminal serves an area covering Alava, Burgos, La Rioja, Santander, Palencia and Asturias and beyond. The run is managed by Synchromodal Network Global Services (SYNERGY) a new logistics subsidiary of Hutchison Ports and headquartered at the group's Barcelona Container Terminal BEST.

The service open up the chance to send goods from the north of the peninsula through the Mediterranean, with a reduction in transit time than ranges between 7-20 days depending on the destination, and to importing companies, an entry of goods through the Mediterranean, with a saving of transit time of up to 14 days (that is 16-45% and 35% faster respectively).

The trains employed are set to carry a variety of container types with goods ranging from iron and steel to the food sector in a direct rail connection between the north of the Iberian peninsula and the capital of Catalonia, the Province of Barcelona being the sixth most populous region in the European Union.

The first train departed Barcelona on the 15th October and the new service extends the existing route between the Port of Barcelona and Noain (Navarra) which SYNERGY claims offers a competitive alternative to serve the logistics market both on the peninsula and in the rest of Southern Europe with multimodal port to door services.