Automated cranes at BEST terminal

This is the best European terminal for the Asian logistics market

Hutchison Ports BEST has been awarded the prize for the best container terminal in Europe at the AFLAS 2021 gala (Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards), which was held on 21 October in Hong Kong.

The AFLAS awards, organised each year by Asia Cargo News magazine, independently recognise leading logistics service providers, including airlines, shipping lines, airports and ports. The jury is made up of more than 15,000 consulted people. The qualification parameters are leadership, consistency in service quality, innovation, customer orientation and reliability.

No loss of efficiency

The terminal has been valued for its efforts to maintain the reliability and quality of service during the global pandemic. In this respect, the efficiency and productivity of BEST did not drop, maintaining an average of over 40 movements per hour and per crane.

Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of Hutchison Ports BEST, said: “We are very proud to receive this award which reaffirms the value of the service we generate each day. This encourages us to continue working with the same humility and passion as always with the aim of becoming a further competitive advantage to our customers”.

More rail, less trucks

The terminal has also been working hard towards achieving its sustainability goals. Currently, each container passing through BEST represents 50 per cent less direct CO2 emissions compared to other conventional terminals. In environmental terms, one of its most ambitious short-term goals is to continue cutting CO2 emissions in its operations and to become a benchmark in the sector.

Progress has been made in the digitalisation of many processes through the use of the Hutchison Ports UBI mobile app; and there has been a redoubled focus on the use of rail versus truck.

A hub in the region

Hutchison Ports BEST, located in the Port of Barcelona, is Hutchison Ports’ first semi-automated container terminal and a technologically advanced port development project in Spain and Southern Europe. It has good road and rail connections with the main road and rail network in Spain and the rest of Europe and a powerful network of maritime connections with the most important ports.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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