Perpignan: With 6 freight trains a day, the Saint-Charles rail terminal is now running at full speed
The Perpignan Saint Charles Conteneur Terminal (PSCCT) multimodal platform took a while to search out the proper path. The terminal is now in full swing, going from 21,659 instances transferred between a truck and a prepare in 2014 to 59,000 instances in 2022.
“Honestly, sure, we had a little bit of a exhausting time as we speak.”. Without one other phrase, at most a shy smile, Eric Gilbert, director of the Saint-Charles PSCCT mixed terminal, maintains a very British composure. He would have sufficient to fill the wagon with enthusiasm, however this is not the room. However, between this month of 2014 and November 2022, the visitors of products in swap our bodies, containers or truck trailers at the website of the Perpignan mixed rail-road website fully exploded. With just one or two trains per day amid the chaos in 2015, the terminal appeared very disorganized with its huge gantry shifting slowly.
An funding of 40 million euros has change into fairly disproportionate in the face of an inappropriate exercise. A stark paradox at a time when environmental change and mixed rail-road transport had been changing into a nationwide difficulty. But in the advanced, parallel world of the French rail community and SNCF, nothing will be gained upfront. Until the day when the swap lastly makes it doable to maneuver on. “Five years in the past, we solely did containers, i.e. swap our bodies, however since then we’re doing every little thing and due to this fact transporting semi-trailers by prepare. This is the transport that develops the most”Eric Gilbert explains.
Truck trailers now symbolize 40% of the terminal market
20% progress per yr for semi-trailer transport by prepare towards 4.5% progress in container visitors. “Truck trailers now symbolize 40% of the terminal market”, emphasizes Eric Gilbert. This paradigm shift is felt in all 4 corners of the terminal. Because, now it is not only one or two trains that have to be operated however 6 spherical journeys, 5 days a week, quickly from November 6 (see field), even at evening. On this Friday afternoon in the terminal’s transshipment yard, the website is a mess.
Three trains are underway, attacked by cellular cranes that place crates and trailers alongside the platform the place the first vans are already ready. At the entrance to the website, the workforce chief directs the entry of a new prepare, which is coming from Lille-Druze. At 12 midday, the prepare for Valenton will probably be loaded and prepared for departure. earlier than the latter at 5pm for Saarbrucken, Germany. Not to say arrival. In the management tower, their eyes darting over screens and transit vans, terminal brokers test that operations are running easily. This Friday morning, a semi-trailer misplaced its load, the incident is minor. Eric Gilbert opinions intervention in progress. Nothing that vital. Quite the reverse. This ensures just one factor: the progress of the exercise on the 100,000 m website2 That we should now consider gaining floor. This is what the terminal supervisor stated. But it feels so good.
Rail Terminal: Positive leads to 2022, for the first time since its building
“The system is solely working at 20% of its capability”, defined 2015 Eric Gilbert, already director of the Saint-Charles mixed terminal. With one or two trains per day at the station from 2013 to 2016, the terminal’s funds shortly unraveled. Majority shareholders of combined economic system firms (SEM) should make up giant deficits by PMM (Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole) and the departmental council. one other period Now every little thing has modified. Now there are not any extra 2 trains however 6 spherical journeys to handle And exercise is accelerating. And the software is now working at virtually 100% of its capability. Between 2021 and 2022, the turnover elevated from 2.1 million euros to three million euros. Number of workers from 27 to 31. But above all, this yr 2022 marks a turning level, as PMM president Robert Villa factors out. “We are literally recording this yr, the first constructive outcomes. This is very encouraging and we now have to verify now. We additionally must proceed to modernize the software and take into consideration extensions.” Promising outcomes, after troublesome years. But a leap that comes at the proper time and that justifies all the curiosity on this logistics infrastructure in Perpignan. “Of course, in rail transport, there are all the time setbacks however there is no purpose to cut back exercise at the terminal”Robert Villa didn’t fail to recall.
CargoBeamer extends the Perpignan-Kaldenkirchen line to Rostock
In October, Cargobimer launched a service in Germany, between Kaldenkirchen and the Baltic Sea port of Rostock. This new hyperlink, operated six occasions a week, on the Perpignan-Caldenkirchen service (close to Düsseldorf), was launched in early 2022 by the mixed transport operator CargoBeamer. The rotation on this line between the Perpignan terminal and Germany will improve from 5 to 6 occasions a week from 13 November.
From Perpignan to Rostock, each strains supply transport providers for semi-trailers, swap our bodies and containers. In Rost, these masses will be ferried to Denmark, Finland, Lithuania and Sweden.