Zaragoza Maritime Terminal

Spain’s leading inland port railway terminal

Zaragoza Maritime Terminal (TMZ) is Spain’s leading inland port railway, terminal specialising in container-based freight for both general cargo and for temperature-controlled goods.

tmZ helps companies improve their efficiency and logistical competitiveness, contributing to the development of railway links to the ports and key logistics zones within its sphere of influence and fostering international trade leading to the creation of commercial activities.

It has become a benchmark location for the storage and distribution of maritime containers, while further expanding its continental connections with Europe and Asia.

Geostrategy: tmZ is located within the Mercazaragoza Logistics Activities Area (the Ebro Valley agri-food logistics platform) and open to all companies within the region, situated close to the strategic points within its sphere of influence. In addition to being connected to the national rail network and State-run Ports, it gives directly onto the Basque-Aragon motorway, the Madrid-Zaragoza A-road and the Zaragoza-Barcelona motorway, i.e. connecting with the road networks linking Zaragoza to the rest of Spain.

tmZ facilitates and simplifies access to international trade, enhancing company efficiency and competitiveness.

Installations

  • Over 6,000 metres of railway lines.
  • It has 10 tracks available: one technical area with 5 electrified tracks and an operating area with 5 tracks for loading and unloading.
  • Over 100,000 m2 operating area; expansion possible.
  • Of this, 65,000 m2 is dedicated to the container depot, with a storage capacity of over 4,000 containers.
  • Cold chain: area to connect reefer containers for perishables.
  • Logistics area available near the rail facilities.
  • Dry and cold warehouses adjacent to tmZ for goods consolidation activities.

6,000 metres of rail for a total of 9 tracks

Possibility to operate trains measuring some 750 metres

Over 100,000 m² of logistics facilities (can be expanded a further 20,000 m²)

65,000 m² depot with capacity for approx. 4,000 containers

Connections for 60 reefer containers

tmZ has expanded its facilities three times over its lifetime to adapt to market needs.

History

Zaragoza Maritime Terminal (tmZ) opened its doors in 2001 with the intention of boosting import/export possibilities for companies within Aragon and its sphere of influence. Hence, tmZ transposed the provisions and services of the ports to the inland region. This new intermodal terminal type saw both qualitative and quantitative improvements in the pursuit of international maritime trade activities.

It is a re-imagining of the inland port concept that is designed for international maritime trade, with its own railway lines, within a nerve centre of terrestrial connections. There is a firm intent to be intermodal (ship-train-truck), rationalising the supply chains both economically and ecologically.

tmZ is fostering company sustainability, helping to reduce carbon footprints.

Creation of tmZ

Zaragoza Maritime Terminal was created to facilitate international trade activities for all the importers/exporters within its sphere of influence. At first, tmZ functioned as the point of orign for company supply chains. Hence, an empty container depot was created in coordination with the shipping lines operating in the area. The result of this was:

  • Avoiding an empty container travelling to/from the port, with consequent savings in costs and service time for the loader.
  • Establishing a port-tmZ-port truck corridor and a local transport network to cover haulage from the loading/unloading points within the terminal’s sphere of influence.

Construction of railway siding

The first on-site railway installations have been built, comprising a private siding with direct access to the main lines. This means that companies now have an ‘intermodal’ site through a combination of maritime, rail and road transport, enabling the very first trains to roll out to and from the Port of Barcelona.

Expansion of southern rail access point and dual connection to the main line

Following three years of constant growth in rail business, it was decided to expand the rail infrastructures and the classification yard to increase terminal capacity.

This connection comprises the construction of a new access point to the terminal from the main Madrid-Barcelona (via Caspe) line. The result is dual rail access from both north and south, providing greater efficiency for all operations.

Latest terminal expansion

The work was focused on 3 areas:

  • Construction of 4 new railway lines. 2 for loading/unloading and 2 for the train arrival and dispatch area.
  • Expansion of the container yard. Over 35,000 m2 of yard will be adapted for container storage.
  • Construction of structures for reefer container storage. Adaptation of the terminal and range of added value services.

Consolidation of Reefer trains

Terminal marítima de Zaragoza TMZ

This year has seen a consolidation of rail connections with the Reefer container port. These containers represent significant added value for the terminal as they provide new business opportunities for any client with transport needs wishing to export/import their temperature-controlled products.

New rail destinations

Work at tmZ is focused on expanding the range of destinations on offer to complement the established routes, e.g. the Port of Barcelona or Bilbao. Recent improvements in the Cantabria-Mediterranean corridor infrastructures means a link to Valencia, via Teruel, is now no longer just fiction but a reality. Work is ongoing to provide connections to other southern ports, such as Algeciras, and the west coast, e.g. Vigo.

In terms of continental traffic, 2018 has seen the consolidation of the connection with China along the Silk Road, which was inaugurated with the arrival of the very first containers at tmZ at the end of 2017. The establishment of this continental corridor will enable future development for goods transport into Europe.

Direct connection to the main Spanish ports.

tmZ has railway sidings on site with direct access to the primary communication hub in Spain. A notable area of influence (national and European) is reached by way of this intermodal logistics platform, aside from a large network of maritime connections to the main Spanish ports. tmZ has become a logistics benchmark for intermodal transport thanks to its unbeatable connections and strategic location within Iberia, not to mention the management model in place.