Maersk launches Trans-Iberian container train in Spain
Maersk, a global leader in shipping services, has launched a new rail freight service for moving reefer containers across the Iberian Peninsula, namely between Andalusia and Galicia. The new connection will allow the Spanish customers to transport temperature-sensitive goods in a more flexible and environmentally-friendly way than by road.
The new train departs from the Port of Algeciras in Andalusia towards the Port of Marín and Ria de Pontevedra in Galicia once a week. Its exact departure time depends on the vessel calling and could happen on Wednesdays or Thursdays. The arrival time to Pontevedra is scheduled for Fridays. Maersk guarantees the delivery within 36 hours (one and a half-day).
Since Maersk is committed to achieving net-zero emissions for all its activities by 2040, it developed the intermodal solution for temperature-sensitive goods including sea products to shift them from road to rail. “This new train service facilitates cargo delivery to Galicia ahead of schedule, allowing for weekend deliveries and distribution to final retailers. Furthermore, it helps to reduce the environmental effect, which is a hot topic among many customers committed to reducing CO2 emissions,” said Diego Perdones Montero, Maersk’s managing director for South West Europe and the Maghreb.