Contract awarded for project to develop safety functionalities in port of Huelva in Spain

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A contract has been awarded for a project to develop safety functionalities in the port of Huelva. The contract was awarded to Thales Group, a French multinational company. Thales designs, develops, and manufactures electrical systems as well as devices and equipment for the aerospace, defense, transportation, and security sectors.

The goal of this contract award is to expand the infrastructure’s capacity. It will also install a cutting-edge new safety system. Thus, it will enable the rail terminals inside the Port of Huelva to operate effectively.

The 24-month project also calls for installing a new centralized traffic control center (CTC 1000 with Thales technology). It also includes automation of the track gates that let trains enter and exit the APH (Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva) infrastructure and a Light and Sound Signals system for level crossings that are required due to the type of track and the frequency of train movements.

Using a computer tool linked to the Rail Traffic Safety Management System of the Port of Huelva, the goal is to enable interaction with the current safety systems on the connection line managed by the Adif CTC coupled with the operations of the Majarabique goods loading and unloading terminal.

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The security installations work at the port of Huelva

With this new endeavor, Thales, building on its expertise from rail and security projects at the Spanish ports of Ferrol-San Cibrao, Puerto Seco de Pancorbo, the Port of Malaga, and the Port of Seville, further solidifies its position as a leader in rail solutions for port environments.

Thales also contributed to creating the smart rail operations system for the Port of Seville. This facilitates information sharing across the multimodal logistics platform and boosts port efficiency, accessibility, and security.

Fernando Ortega, Spain’s director of the transport industry said, “Thales is a significant player in the Spanish rail industry. The company is dedicated to transforming the nation’s transportation system digitally. This through significant public-private investment. This investment supports sustainable and efficient economic growth, which is critical for the goods transportation industry.