A Dry Port or Inland Maritime Terminal is a freight intermodal terminal, placed inland and connected to one or more seaports by means of a high capacity transportation corridor (railway or waterway), in an intermodal conception in a door to door transport chain.
The dry port extends the hinterland of the seaport, “moving” the pier to some hundred km (normally) inland, bringing closer the port activity to its clients and supplying the seaport of a bigger prominence in other relevant nodes of the logistics chains. This facilitates the attraction of new traffics and the expnasion of the seaport hinterland.
The promotion of rail transport and waterways reinforces the politics of sustainability of the European Union, included in the White Book 2011.
In EPC we have a great experience in the implementation and management of dry ports and in studies of viability of dry ports and land transport corridors.