Port of Huelva mision consist of providing intermodality services to transport logistic chains, managing the provision of infrastructure, land and other resurces (economical, financial and human) which serve, among other services, to industrial and comercial activities, encouraging socio-economical development of its hinterland.
Based on it, Strategic Plan of the port of Huelva, which contain a vision by 2022 , explicitly identifies an upgrade of Port's conectivity and intermodality due to they are determinat factors to its development , specifically regarding railway transport.
The strategic relevance of intermodality in the Port of Huelva is currently based on four main pillars:
a) Railway infrastructure and connectivity of the Port, which allow a more sustanaible and efficient maritime transport .
b) Majarabique Railway Platform, located in Seville en Sevilla and been owned to Port Authority of Huelva.
c) Port of Huelva Multimodal Platform, co-financed by Connecting Europe Facility Program (CEF) and located at Muelle Sur in the Port of Huelva, it offers direct connexion with the maritime container terminal.
d) Logistics Activity Zone, currently in project, it will allow the concluence of different types of enterprises and activities which will give continuity, quality services, transformation and an added value to the transport logistic chains that converge in the portuary space.
Through this intermodal strategy, Port of Huelva puts in value its rol as TEN-T core node in order to serve goods global transport logistic chains, betting decididely on give an efficient, integrated, sustanaible, safe and security service.
Developing its Intermodal Strategy, the Port of Huelva, with more than 40 million euros of railway investments during the period 2008-2020, has worked intensively both inside and outside of port service area.
Internally, it is avaible an high quality internal rail network, which includes the Muelle Sur Intermodal Platform and a Solid Bulk Download Pit. In a complementary way, efforts are not only oriented to the infrstructure development but also to integrate these with new technologies, working permanently on an optimization of the signaling and control system in order to offer the mayor effectiveness and eficiency in performed operations.
In the external environmental, Port of Huelva, in the Atlantic Corridor, has an excellent railway connectivity with Extremadura and Mediterranean Corridor, both through its Majarabique Intermodal Platform (in Seville), which constitutes an integrated project with its maritime terminal and is considered a true "extension", as through Huelva-Zafra railway line.
These efforts have resulted in the global logistics chains observing with great interest how the Port of Huelva is growing in its hinterland, already having 2,600 rail operations, of which more than 350 are regular container circulations with Seville and Madrid
Majarabique Intermodal platform
Majarabique constitutes, to the Port Authority of Huelva, an Intermodal Logistic Platform which is fully integrated with its maritime terminal, being consider a true extension of it.
It is located at the railway node that connects Sevilla with Madrid and Extremadura. In this way, it allows a direct and efficient railway connection with yhe hinterland of the Port of Huelva, located in Mediterranean and Atlantic Corridors and in Extremadura.
It is a priority to the Port of Huelva to continue consolidating, strengthening and specializing this terminal, whose localization lets the Port of Huelva be seen as an atractive option for routing maritimely containerized railway cargos which came from the Central Axis (Córdoba, Linares, Castilla La Mancha, Madrid and Zaragoza), and whose destination are Atlantic Ports (Canaries, West África, Ibero-America and Northwest Europe, etc), to get optimised times and costs in the complet logistic chain.
It should be noted, in particular, the investment effort that the Port Autority of Huelva is making in Majarabique and in Seville-Huelva railway stretch, which amounts more than 2.3M € in Majarabique and 5M€ in the railway section, creating new sidings to speed up the merchandise transport towards its destination.
The operation of this Railway Terminal was awarded by public tender to the company Termisur Eurocargo, S.A., which started its activity in July 2017.
From then until now, the container railway traffic from Majarabique to the Port of Huelva is close to forty trains per month, distributed in an average of twenty direct trains between Majarabique and the South Warf (Port of Huelva). To this, we should add the twenty monthly trains coming directly from the hinterland of Madrid.
In 2019, according to the business plan of the companies involved, it is expected the consolidation of these traffics, with a circulation of thirty direct monthly trains Majarabique-Muelle Sur, which would account for 75% of the container railway traffics of the Port of Huelva, being all this a decisive step in the consolidation of Majarabique as a reference intermodal platform in the goods transport in the South-West of Europe.
MAJARABIQUE: A OPORTUNITY TO OPTIMIZE THE LOGISTC CHAINS
Muelle Sur Multimodal platform
The Muelle Sur Multimodal Platform, nowadays a reality, borned as a strategic proyect for the Port of Huelva, that has been developped with teh support of CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) European Program.
The following figure shows the main characteristics of the Muelle Sur Multimodal Platform, showing the total orientation towards the contribution to the efficiency of the operations carried out in it.
This Platform, which has a direct connection to the maritime terminal, is adapted to trains of 750 m in length and has a double-track design on a plate, being connected to the railway line of the Port Authority of Huelva and the main roads located next to the current Border Inspection Point (BIP).
Since its launch, the Multimodal Platform of the South Warf has operated more than 600 trains, the equivalent of 40,000 TEUs.
Logístic Activity zone
The Logistic Activity Zone project, essential for the future development of the Port of Huelva and its entire area of influence, will have an area of approximately 60 ha, with possibilities for expansion, and will be located in Punta del Sebo, place where there is availability of land with services and a good road and rail accessibility.
The Logistic Activity Zone will occupy a central position between the Port of Huelva and the urban nucleus, which will allow the confluence of different types of companies and activities that give continuity, quality services, transformation and added value to the transport chains that converge in the space port, in addition to favoring the generation of employment, the loyalty of current traffic and the promotion of new future traffic.