This Wednesday, the shipping company MSC made an announcement at the eleventh edition of the European Cool Logistics Global fair, held in the Spanish city of Valencia: the creation of a new railway line for refrigerated container traffic, which will link Valencia with Zaragoza.
The general director of MSC Spain, Ignacio Ballester, said during his speech that this new line will initially have a frequency of two services per month, which may be increased based on market demand, as reported by Valenciaport.
The president of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), Aurelio Martínez, also said at the opening of the meeting that Valenciaport is "the best option in the Mediterranean for refrigerated products" thanks to its "excellent connectivity" with the five continents.
Martínez stressed that Valenciaport is "the first port in the Mediterranean and the fourth in Europe in terms of container traffic," as well as "the best platform for the transport of perishable products."
This is due, he added, to three factors: the "great connectivity with the five continents," its "broad hinterland, which in a radius of 350 kilometers covers more than 50% of the Spanish Gross Domestic Product," and its "leadership in the Spanish import-export traffic," since the Port of Valencia" handles 40% of everything that Spain imports and exports."
Before an auditorium of cold transport professionals from about twenty countries, the president of the APV also explained that in Spain, more than 100 companies with 15,000 employees, 200 million Euro in turnover and 6 million cubic meters of storage capacity are involved in the logistics of refrigerated products.
He also stressed that one of the main challenges for the logistics sector is looking for ways to reduce transport times; a basic aspect to guarantee the quality of perishable products.
To this end, some essential elements are "the connectivity of the ports, the reduction in the number of logistics processes and the improvement of the efficiency of intermodal processes," and in all these aspects, he said, "Valenciaport plays a leading role."
The opening ceremony of this European meeting was also attended by Alex von Stempel, managing director of Cool Logistics Resources; and Rachael White, co-director of Cool Logistics, who have agreed on the need to introduce new technologies in this type of transport to ensure maximum speed and transparency in the process.
The platform Valenciaportpcs has been used as an example. This allows all agents in the logistics chain to be connected in real time, and the APP is currently being improved to make it possible to know the situation of the containers that are sent for inspection.