Huelva, Spain (PortSEurope) March 2, 2021 – The Minister of Development, Infrastructures and Spatial Planning, Marifrán Carazo, has announced an investment of €35.5 million ($42.6 million) this year in regionally-owned ports to help them “be more competitive” and to be able to exercise their business in the best possible conditions. leading role as “source of wealth and employment.” Marifrán Carazo has announced in the Andalusian
Parliament this strong investment commitment, which will go mainly to the modernization of the fish markets and ice factories, the improvement of the accessibility of ships and the integration of ports with their urban environments. This new item comes to redouble efforts that, since the beginning of the legislature, have been carried out in the 23 ports that are directly managed by the Junta de Andalucía through Agencia Pública de Puertos de Andalucía (APPA – Public Ports Agency of Andalusia). The counselor recalled that in the first two years (2019 and 2020) €54.3 million have already been invested. With this amount, it has been possible to carry out actions such as the transformation of the fishing port of Fuengirola, in Malaga; the improvements in the Adra fish market, in Almería; the integration of the port of El Terrón, in Huelva; or the port-city integration in Conil, in Cádiz. “There is still much to do, but there is will, planning and budget,” remarked the counselor, who highlighted the increase in investments for this year 2021, 26 percent over the previous year. The rapprochement of the ports with their cities will be the destination of a good part of this money. Up to eleven ports will advance their port-city integration projects, with a budget of more than 10 million euros: Adra, Garrucha and Roquetas de Mar, in Almería; Bonanza and Chipiona, in Cádiz; Punta Umbría, Isla Cristina and Ayamonte, in Huelva; and La Bajadilla, Caleta and Estepona, in Malaga. Marifrán Carazo has also highlighted the €3 million that will go to the modernization of the fishing ports, both to help facilitate the work of fishermen, with actions in the fish markets or ice factories, and to expand the tourist possibilities of these facilities. In this regard, he has pointed out some proposed works such as the new fish markets in Conil or Roquetas de Mar or the planned expansion in the port of Ayamonte. Within this aid to the sector, is the improvement of navigability conditions, such as dredging in ports. The Andalusian Public Port Agency (APPA) has planned interventions of this type in the ports of Isla Cristina, Mazagón, Punta Umbría, Ría del Piedras and Chipiona. They will have budgets that will exceed 3.5 million euros. Finally, the Minister has focused on the actions that will be undertaken to incorporate new equipment and carry out major repairs in port facilities. The improvement of the paving of the Garrucha loading dock, the repair of the general jetty of the Gallineras port, in San Fernando (Cádiz) or the improvement of the mooring infrastructures of the Mazagón port (Huelva) are part of a set of actions with which we want to “modernize our ports and consolidate them as one of the bases of the Andalusian economy”. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.