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Benchmark study visit to Spain

 A TransBaltic delegation consisting of project partners from Sweden, Germany, Polen and Finland visited Spain for inspiration and to study what lessons can be learned when planning and implementing the concept of Dry Ports and logistic centres in respectively partner regions. On the trip was also Dr Violeta Roso, the founder of the Dry Port concept as it is defined today.

What is differentiating a dry port from a hinterland terminal is its intermodal features as stated by Dr Roso -"The Dry Port concept is based on a seaport directly connected by rail to inland intermodal terminals, where shippers can leave and/or collect their goods in intermodal loading units as if directly at the seaport". The participating TransBaltic partners dedicated to the Dry Port development in the Baltic Sea Region are in different stages concerning the implementation process of the concept, nonetheless expectations were high of finding out valuable input when visiting the two prominent sites.

Located in Coslada, right in the outskirts of Madrid is Puerto Seco de Madrid (Dry Port of Madrid). The intermodal terminal is unique with its direct railway connections to four major Spanish ports namely: Barcelona, Bilbao, Algeciras and Valencia. Not only as a benefit to the four mentioned ports in the competition with other seaports, Puerto Seco connects them with each other in form of a landbridge connection improving the competitiveness of the Spanish Port system as a whole. The Site Manager, Jaime Seijas, viewed success factors for this public owned facility and told further investments plans to expand the capacity and intermodal interfaces with the cooperating seaports.  

Next stop on the agenda took the delegates to the largest logistic platform in Europe - Platforma de Logistica - Zaragoza (PLAZA). The over 12 million sq m premise is a centre for distribution, transportation and intermodal services for cargo delivered via railways, roads and air routes, with training and research institutions in close cooperation. With its competence and direct connection to Europe and beyond the site attracts both national and international companies as tenants.

The TransBaltic delegates met Jeanett Bolther, External Funding and Knowledge Transfer Office Manager, and Dr. Santiago Kraiselburd, Executive Director, both working for the Zaragoza Logistic Center located right in the heart of the PLAZA. The institute has together with MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, the government of Aragón, industry, and the PLAZA constituted the Zaragoza Logistic Programme in a unique partnership.

Results from the study trip will be inspirational in the further TransBaltic work on the network of dry ports in the Baltic Sea Region.

published 10.12.2010