Seville, Spain (PortSEurope) September 11, 2017 – The president of Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla (Port Authority of Seville – APS), Manuel Gracia, has received the President of the Andalusian Government, Susana Díaz, the Government delegate in Andalusia, Antonio Sanz, and the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, in a visit in which the authorities have agreed to support the Port to consolidate it as the main logistics and industrial base of the southern peninsular.
During his speech, Manuel Gracia has called for “continued support from administrations and civil society in order to assess all the advantages of the port in the logistic area, minimize the limitations of maritime and land accessibility and promote their opportunities as industrial focus “. This support is expressed in ” greater support for the industrialization process; in recognition of the logistic potential of the port, considering it as an essential asset in the logistic strategy of the Government of Andalusia; and in promoting technological development and innovation as key factors for progress . ”
In this regard, the President of the Andalusian Government, Susana Díaz, has pledged to collaborate in the creation of the future Centro de Formación e Innovación Elcano en el Puerto de Sevilla (Elcano Training and Innovation Centre) in the Port of Seville, which will boost the industrial zone of the port area.
Likewise, the president of the APS has emphasized the transformation experienced by the port of Seville that has gone from being a strictly commercial port, to being a logistics and industrial port . “The revitalization of the Polígono de Astilleros is a good example of the industrial side of the port. In this space – previously dedicated to the manufacture and repair of ships – are now located leading engineering companies linked to the metalworking sector, “recalled Gracia. These companies not only transport their products, they also take advantage of the operational surface of the port to adapt it to their needs and, from there, they design and manufacture the big infrastructures. “The port becomes a centre of activity that brings together the entire production process,” he said.
For its part, the Government delegate in Andalusia, Antonio Sanz, has recognized the singularity of the port of Seville as the only seaport in Spain and has proposed the halving of the economic contribution of the port of Seville to Puertos del Estado – as is the case with the island ports and Ceuta and Melilla. Sanz stressed that ” the Port of Seville is irreplaceable and from the Government of Spain we are aware of it .”
The mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, highlighted during the visit the strategic importance of the Port and has opted for the specialized training program , the expansion of the Free Zone and the development of the soils of Batán.
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