One of the fundamental premises of the Vilagarcía Port Authority is the improvement of its infrastructures, equipment and services to achieve greater port competitiveness and a better Port-City relationship. Among the latest actions carried out, the following stand out:
The extension of the railway from the O Ramal junction to the Comercial docks (East and West alignments) and Comboa ended in the first quarter of 2016 and extended the route to the Ferrazo dock (connection with the container terminal). Thanks to this project, all the docks in the port of Vilagarcía have their own rail connection, which has a positive effect on its operation and competitiveness, and which guarantees optimal maritime-rail intermodality.
Ferrazo Railway, phase 3
The Port Authority plans to tender this year 2022 the Ferrazo Railway phase three work, financed with funds from the Mechanism for Recovery and Resilience (MRR). This is an action already planned when the initial Ferrazo Railway project was drafted, and whose execution had been delayed.
Phase one of the Ferrazo Railway works took the railway to the Commercial docks in their east and west alignments, and to the Comboa dock. In the project, it was initially planned to continue the route along the port link road and extend it to Ferrazo, but finally it was decided to make the connection with the Ferrazo wharf through the Comboa wharf, which allowed reducing both the execution period of the work and the planned investment in phase two.
In this third phase of the works, it is planned to carry out the pending action, which is the connection with the Ferrazo wharf by the port link road, an alternative route to the already existing one, so as to avoid the occupation of the Comboa wharf in the operations of the passage of the train towards Ferrazo.
An investment of 1.4 million euros in the projected works will make possible the creation of a railway waiting and passage area that will be located outside the docks, through a main track 1,200 meters long and a waiting area of 500 metres, which will join the existing ones executed in phase two of this project (section corresponding to the Ferrazo wharf).
Digitalisation and new access control
The Port Authority is committed to efficiency, innovation and digitalisation to optimise its functions with an investment of €688,729.77. This economic injection will be used for the “Expansion, improvement and maintenance of access control systems, CCTV, and vehicle and rail weighing”.
The port will have an integrated access control system with number plate reading and the possibility of reading QR codes for sporadic access. A self-accreditation web portal will be available and different operating modes may be established for each defined area, in accordance with the protection levels of the ISPS Code. The automation of access ways will permit the activation of a “railway crossing” mode in order to ensure that no vehicle accesses the railway port route.
The project also includes a CCTV system with video analytics features that allows for alerts to be generated based on a self-learning system.