ALIA is the logistics cluster in the region of Aragon, whose mission is to improve the competitiveness of their partners thanks to innovation and collaboration. Intermodality is a key element of their activity, in such a way that a specific workgroup is dedicated solely to the development of this axis. ALIA provides experience in this field thanks to ALIA’s already developed feasibility studies of Ferroutage. Our commitment and implication with the railway transport is a reality, as ALIA has demonstrated thanks to their projects.
PORTIC is the Port Community System Operator at Barcelona Port. Our mission is to enhance the competiveness of Barcelona Port through the use of advance information systems. PORTIC connects more than 400 private logistic operators among them and public administrations facilitating their documentary process and providing real time visibility.
The Syndicat Mixte Plateforme Multimodale Pyrénées-Méditerranée MP² is a public institution, born from the political will of local actors to promote and develop the logistics expertise and potential of the Pyrénées-Orientales territory. Chaired by the Conseil Général of the Pyrénées-Orientales, it is also composed of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region and Perpignan Méditerranée Communauté d’Agglomération, with the active support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Perpignan and the Pyrénées-Orientales. Its mission is to coordinate and promote all the logistics sites and their several multimodal services. A close collaboration between private and public sectors gives rise to the logistics projects of the Plateform.
The Port Authority of Barcelona belongs to the public entity Puertos del Estado (Spanish Ministry of Public Works). The Port of Barcelona is the main transport and services infrastructure located in Catalonia, one of the four ‘motor regions’ of Europe. Its area of influence stretches through the South and centre of Europe and North Africa. The Port of Barcelona is a logistics gateway that links markets as distant as the Far East and Latin America. It is a port whose continued increase in goods and passengers has placed it in a leading position in several segments of traffic throughout the Mediterranean.
The Port of Tarragona belongs to the public entity Puertos del Estado (Spanish Ministry of Public Works) and is responsible for managing port logistics, promoting development of infrastructure and facilities, promoting the utility of the port, and for integrating the port with the community. Tarragona is located in one of the most important industrial zones in the Mediterranean and the port is among the top 5 Spanish cargo ports, handling more than 30 million tons per year. It is well connected with the rest of the world. There is excellent terrestrial access and all the docks have railway connections moving more than 1 million tonnes per year by rail.
The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public higher education and research institution specialized in the fields of science, engineering and architecture. UPC is also recognized worldwide for its results in basic and applied research. With a high participation in European and national projects and in calls for proposals of the National R&D Plan 2008/2011 and the Seventh Research Framework Program of the EU, the UPC is consolidated as a top Spanish university in scientific production.
The Maritime Terminal Zaragoza created in 2000 is a public-private initiative to promote maritime cargo container traffic, intermodality and lower the costs to importers and exporters in the Ebro Valley. Its goals are to build and manage an intermodal rail terminal and to promote and develop rail freight. The terminal is operated by tmZ Services under concession for 25 years. The Maritime Terminal Zaragoza is an inland port for international maritime trade, with its own railway facilities, located in a terrestrial communications hub. TMZ has a clear commitment to intermodality (ship-train-truck) to streamline supply chains, both economically and ecologically, with a strong commitment to the environment: less polluting per unit charge (for vessels and trains).
VIIA, as a subsidiary of SNCF GEODIS, is in charge of actual rail motorway services and projects for the SNCF group and in particular the “Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine”, the first rail motorway launched by the French and Italian States in 2003, and Lorry Rail, the longest rail motorway in Europe between Le Boulou (France) and Bettembourg (Luxembourg), which began its activity in 2007. Le Boulou – Bettembourg rail motorway success can be marked with a 90% filling rate in 2013 with 43 430 trailers, and 16 000 containers and swap bodies carried.