Huelva, Spain (PortSEurope) April 21, 2018 – The Andalusian logistics and transport sector is starting to show signs of frustration with local infrastructure developments, especially as it sees ongoing developments in its neighbour Portugal.
At the top of the concerns of Andalusian entrepreneurs is the lack of investment in rail connections to regional ports: between political and administrative battles, they criticize, the region is surpassed by the continuous work carried out in the neighbouring country.
In the view of several businessmen, the rail link between the Ports of Seville and Sines “threatens the port structure” of the Andalusian community and could seriously undermine its strategic and logistical interests, the entrepreneurs do not understand how Seville can promote Portugal instead of giving priority to the route with Algeciras.
The lack of attention to which the link Los Rosales-Mérida, claimed by Huelva, seems to have, is another source of dissatisfaction. “That our Government collaborates to reinforce the competition of the Port of Sines when boosting the railway line between Madrid and the Portuguese port is disloyal,” Manuel Morón, president of Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Algeciras (APBA – Port Authority of Algeciras).
Ships from America are using Sines more than Algeciras, and large ships that transit through the Straits heading for the North of Europe, may not being able to unload in Algeciras because there is no decent rail link connecting with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, he added.
Source: Cargo Revista
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