Rail transport

The railway already represents more than 30% of the total demand for container traffic in the port of La Spezia, and the objective is to increase it to 50% in the mid term.
The port of La Spezia infrastructure consists of:

  • 17 km of railway tracks;
  • Three railway stations for train composition/termination and forwarding: La Spezia Marittima, La Spezia Migliarina, S. Stefano Magra system;
  • Five railway connections: Fornelli Pier connection, Ravano Pier connection, Terminal del Golfo connection, Garibaldi Pier connection and Paita Dock connection, (the last two also dedicated to the traffic of non-containerized goods), which branch from the La Spezia Marittima freight terminal.

La Spezia Marittima - inside the port

“New” Marittima – a set of four tracks from which the connections for the LSCT Ravano and Terminal del Golfo branch off. The system is connected to the National Railway Network (La Spezia Centrale – Pisa line) through the La Spezia Marittima – La Spezia Migliarina and La Spezia Marittima – Vezzano Ligure lines;

Old” Maritime/Italy branch off which the Fornelli and Paita Dock connections branch.

  • Freight service, mostly containers;
  • Set of 11 rails of variable length;
  • The set of tracks is joined by two connecting tracks with the Italy set, a storage area for trains that stop here before being terminalized (in Export) and before entering the line (in Import);
  • The Italy set consists of ten tracks between 260 and 360 metres long that require numerous train manoeuvring operations.

La Spezia Marittima is able to distribute rail traffic directly to the main inland markets, through the Pontremolese line or the Pisa – Florence – Bologna line (for Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and on towards Veneto) and from the La Spezia – Genoa – Milan line (for Lombardy and Piedmont).

Santo Stefano di Magra - 8 km from the port

  • New railway track set 600-750 m long
  • Reinforcement of the Scan-Med corridor (EU Regulations 1315 and 1316), the main European axis for the north-south distribution of goods. The port of La Spezia connects to the backbone of the corridor with the La Spezia-Pisa-Prato-Bologna link.
  • Construction of the La Spezia – Parma railway line, the so-called “Pontremolese” (EU regulation 1315/2013) to achieve efficient rail connectivity to Northern Italy and Central Europe.
  • Last mile for better functional integration of the port / corridor for the interoperability of the last mile, the strength of rail transport in the port of La Spezia thanks to the Single Member La Spezia Shunting Railways.

La Spezia Migliarina - 1,5 Km from the port

  • Passenger traffic stop; double transit track for passenger stop;
  • For goods – Migliarina is the origin of the so-called backbone rail links dedicated to the transfer of wagons/trains from/to the port area;
  • Three tracks dedicated to passenger trains; five tracks (> 500 m), electrified, dedicated to the reception of the electric trains that travel the New Maritime – Migliarina route; six tracks > 440 m..;
  • There is a railway locomotive depot in the area;
  • The Station also includes the La Spezia-Valdellora set, where all the coupling/uncoupling operations for which the Serfer manoeuvring service is responsible.

LSSR

In the port of La Spezia, in the dry port areas of Santo Stefano di Magra and in the connected areas for rail links, the La Spezia Shunting Raylways performs the following activities: railway transport (directly or through authorized companies); railway car and equipment rental; railway technical consultancy, and railway and logistics services. It’s members include La Spezia Container Terminal SpA, Interporto La Spezia SrL, Terminal del Golfo SpA, Nora SpA, Contrepair Manovre ferroviarie SrL, La Spezia Shunting Railways SpA, Oceanogate SpA, Sogemar SpA.
The results obtained follow, in terms of the railway system performance:

  • Annual wagons handled: about 131,000 – more than 7,700 trains/year;
  • Max daily peak obtained: 551 wagons processed;
  • Rail split mode: Rail traffic accounted for more than 31% of total direct traffic;

The company manages the rail links in the area consisting of the La Spezia Marittima, La Spezia Migliarina and Santo Stefano Magra ports.
The data from recent years have made it possible to verify the success of management initiatives by exceeding operating targets, and an excellent economic result, also considering that the company is an instrument for improving the port’s competitive approach. Forecasts for 2017 confirm the positive trend.