Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2012.
An on-dock intermodal rail terminal is located adjacent to a port terminal and does not require the container to exit the terminal’s gate to be loaded on a unit train. An on-dock terminal does not necessarily mean that the facility is directly located on the dock (although many are) but that the terminal is directly accessible by yard equipment such as straddle carriers or bobtail trucks. It is an integral part of the terminal facility, including security. About 10% of the containers handled by the port of Veracruz are moved inland by rail, with the Mexican rail system supporting double-stacked operations.