Almería, Spain (PortSEurope) July 31, 2020 – Three of the pillars on which Autoridad Portuaria de Almería (APA – Port Authority of Almería) will base its development strategy in the next ten years are digitization, environmental protection and the expansion of service. Together in line with the Strategic Framework of the Spanish port system, in Santander, Puertos del Estado (PdE) and the representatives of the
28 Spanish port authorities analyzed and approved during a seminar, which APA’s president, Jesús Caicedo, and the director, Juan Manuel Reyes, attended. The president valued the event that allowed ports to position themselves in the network of transport and logistics of the next decade. The seminar culminated a process of analysis and debate that began in 2019, and a document emerged that will serve as a roadmap for Spanish ports. President of PdE, Francisco Toledo, stated that it is important to be better prepared for the important changes that are coming in the sectors of transport and logistics and to be able to lead the actions necessary to contribute to face the new challenges in relation to competitiveness, security, innovation and sustainability on a global scale. Caicedo highlighted the bet that the Port Authority has been making so that the state ports of Almería and Carboneras continue to be engines of development and generation of wealth and employment in the province. With this challenge, the APA is implementing the 2020-2024 Investment Plan, a program that is promoting a series of projects that will improve and expand port infrastructure and services, such as the expansion of the Pechina Pier and its connection to the Outer Dock, the management of the Anchorage of the Fishing Port, the conditioning of the new esplanades reclaimed from the sea next to the Pechina Pier and the expansion of the Levante Pier for cruise calls. Projects such as the Second Fish Sale Center, the new headquarters for the Security Forces and direct road access to the ports of the capital and Carboneras, as well as the connection to the railway. Jesús Caicedo, support the importance that the Port-City project will have for the future of Almería, which will begin to take shape over the next few years. He emphasized that all of this development will be sustainable from an economic, social and environmental point of view. Among other actions, the project to install a photovoltaic solar plant that will be self-sufficient in energy for the Maritime Station stands out, the construction of two dust-trap screens in Almería and Carboneras, preparing the docks so that shipping companies can have liquefied natural gas (LNG), a cleaner and more efficient fuel, the expansion of the electric vehicle fleet and the installation of charging points for these vehicles. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Almería (APA – Port Authority of Almería) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.