The Port of Barcelona welcomes a debate about the challenges of electric vehicle logistics

PHOTO: From left to right, Masa Certalic, Head of Strategic Development at the Port of Koper and director of the CarEsmatic project; Sixte Cambra, President of the Port of Barcelona; and Mihaela Marcu, CarEsmatic project leader.

The partners of the European project CarEsmatic have participated in the Conference Electric Vehicles in Logistics and Transportation, which also aims to promote the motorways of the sea.

The Port of Barcelona hosted the day Electric Vehicles in Logistics and Transportation event, dedicated to analyzing and discussing the situation of the transport of new electric vehicles across the motorways of the sea and, more specifically, explaining the evolution of the CarEsmatic project (Supporting cars and electric cars Distribution using Motorways of Seas’s solutions and promoting sustainable shipping concepts). This project aims to develop maritime transport of new electric vehicles between the east and the west of the Mediterranean, and specifically between the ports of Koper and Barcelona.

The day has brought together the four CarEsmatic partners – the ports of Barcelona and Koper (Slovenia), Autoterminal and Neptune Lines – and the project stakeholders: vehicle manufacturers (Nissan and Seat); logistics service providers (GEFCO4PL, SEMAT), and EU technicians and experts in the field of electric vehicles.

The CarEsmatic project focuses on the adaptation of maritime services for this type of traffic and the development of new infrastructures, or the improvement of existing ones, in both ports to be able to realize the specific logistics that the electric vehicle requires.

The President of the Port of Barcelona, Sixte Cambra, who opened the conference, stated that the CarEsmatic project “aligns perfectly with the drive for innovation and sustainability” promoted by the Catalan Port and included in its Strategic Plan. Mr Cambra also reminded us that this project “is being developed jointly in two Mediterranean ports, thus turning ports into active actors in sustainable and environmentally friendly developments.”

Terminals prepare for the electric vehicle

CarEsmatic, which has received support from the 2015 General Transport Call of the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) Programme of the European Commission, which comprises 30% of its budget, is based on the evaluation of existing solutions for these types of vehicles ( fast charging points, mobile chargers, etc.) throughout the logistics chain: the two ports, Autoterminal and the Neptune Lines shipping company. This part of the project provides for the installation of different recharging points for electric vehicles in both ports and on board the two Neptune Lines that cover the regular line between Barcelona and Koper. Finally, it also plans to carry out studies of the future growth of this type of traffic, comparing the costs of each of the solutions presented, etc.

The project also focuses on improvements in rail infrastructures in ports to promote the use of this mode of transport in the movement of new vehicles in ports. In the Port of Barcelona, the project includes the second phase of the extension of the Railway Terminal of the Príncipe de España wharf that will allow for the parking and simultaneous operation of 750 meters of trains in the three existing gauges (UIC, Iberian and metric) in the three railways of the terminal. The extension, which will provide the terminal with the highest logistics versatility and increase the capacity of its intermodal services, involves reordering the environment to facilitate access to the terminal – and open a new access to Autoterminal- and to adjacement installations.

The project also envisages improving the separation between adjacent roads and spaces for the storage of vehicles ready to be loaded or just after unloading, thus allowing for simultaneous operations of different trains.

Source: Port of Barcelona Press Release