The fourth weekly intermodal rail service has been introduced between the Navarra Intermodal Terminal, situated in Noain (North of Spain), and Hutchison Ports BEST at the Port of Barcelona.
The new service, introduced on 1 February, has further consolidated Navarra Intermodal Terminal’s position as a major international hub. Since the start of the intermodal rail service linking the Port of Barcelona with Noain, in October 2012, over 1,000 trains with goods from companies in Northern Spain and the South of France have passed through its facilities.
In addition to railway operations, the terminal offers a range of value-added services including container consolidation, deconsolidation, cross-docking in its customs warehouses and container repair.
The terminal covers an area of 15,000 square meters, with warehouses and 9 rail tracks for loading and unloading.
Ignasi Pinart, CEO of Hutchison Logistics Spain, said “The addition of this fourth weekly service is further proof of the value to end users of a direct connection with the Port of Barcelona. As well as a reduction in transit times of at least 8 days between Far East and North of Spain, the terminal connects them with a wide range of shipping services on all the main sea routes.
This competitive advantage for cargo is not only limited to the northern regions of Spain but also extends to the South of France. We are receiving more and more cargo from the South West of France which has benefited from lower logistics costs, increased reliability and reduced delivery times at destination”.
Hutchison Ports BEST was the first semi-automated terminal developed by Hutchison Ports. As well as being the most technologically advanced port project in Spain, it has one of the largest railway terminals within a maritime container terminal. Its intermodal rail facility has eight rail tracks of mixed gauge (Iberian and UIC), connecting BEST daily with different points of Spain and the South of France.