The maritime sector in the Atlantic Corridor has a big relevance in its logistics operations, as it connects, among other satellite ports, eight Atlantic ports moving around 300M of tons (Algeciras, Sines, Lisboa, Leixões, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Le Havre y Rouen) and reach around 420M of tons if all the ports in the network are included. The Atlantic Corridor connects ports from Portugal, Atlantic Ports in Spain with France and Germany, including three EU capital cities as Lisbon, Madrid and Paris, as well as other population concentrations as Bilbao (Spain), Mannheim (Germany) and Strasbourg (France), connecting with other Ten-T corridors. Among other objectives focused in rail infrastructure interoperability, e-mobility and C-ITS, the main innovation objective in supply chain in this corridor are related to stimulate the maritime traffic through innovation and simplified processes, taking advantage of the systems and procedures related to the e-maritime and e-freight concepts and increasing the efficiency of the supply chains in the corridor.
Actions and opportunities
In the FENIX project, the Spanish-Atlantic corridor’s main goal is to increase the efficiency and traceability of the rail cargo operation in the Logistic Corridor by improving the service of the import & export of goods in the intermodal modes. It is especially focused on the entrance & exit of container trains operations in the port with origin/destination in a dry port and the connection with other means of transport as road, maritime or another port in the corridor. Therefore, it will improve the hinterland connectivity with more efficient links and connections between the ports and their extended hinterland.
The Atlantic Corridor connects ports from Portugal (Oporto, Aveiro, Lisbon, Sines) and Atlantic Ports in Spain (Bilbao, Huelva, Algeciras), with port in France and Germany, including three EU capital cities as Lisbon, Madrid and Paris, as well as other population concentrations as Bilbao (Spain), Mannheim (Germany) and Strasbourg (France), connecting with other Ten-T corridors.
The Spanish Atlantic Pilot site is composed of logistics and IT professionals: Port Authority of Bilbao, ATOS Spain, INDRA, MLC ITS Euskadi – The Basque Country Mobility and Logistics Cluster. As described, the Pilot site will interact with the French Pilot site (North-Sea Mediterranean) and the German Pilot site (Rhine-Alpine Corridor) to increase the visibility and data sharing with other Ten-T corridors and connecting nodes. To ensure the smart and efficient integration of the port of Bilbao with its extended hinterland (with France serving as a first field of development). Such hinterland connectivity is being considered on a functional basis and will be achieved by establishing more efficient links and connections between the port and its extended hinterland. Through an interoperable corridor information system between the port and the Rail network (Ship2Rail interface), it will facilitate the integration of the south-west Europe intermodal clusters and it will re-engineer the multimodal port operational processes. The Atlantic Spanish Pilot site will deal with the following Use Cases: Business Intelligence, Rail Planning, End to End Track & Trace, Federative IT Tool, Intermodal Operations, B2A, A2B services like Customs, Dangerous Goods Authorization, Booking of containers and Hazmat cargo in remote rail terminal and Loading & Discharge list Management of cargo by train.