Gijón, Spain (PortSEurope) November 20, 2020 – The stevedore strike at Bilbao port in Northern Spain has led shipping lines to seek alternative ports, and APM Terminals in Gijón is on of the beneficiaries. In this period, APM Terminals Gijón has seen cargo traffic double at its facility. In response, APM Terminals has doubled staff numbers and increased the area for the storage of empty
containers, made available new machinery and implemented operational improvements APM Terminals has also worked with Autoridad Portuaria de Gijón (APG – Port Authority of Gijón) to improve customs procedures and improve the movement of empty containers. APM Terminals Gijón is located in the port of Gijón on Spain’s Northern Coast. It offers direct connections to the Atlantic European coast and Canary Islands. With an annual container capacity of 113,000 TEUs, the terminal serves Norther Spain via excellent road and rail connectivity. In a related issue, Pasaia port,located just over 100 km east of Bilbao, has also seen an increase in traffic of around 8,000 tonnes. This is not a huge sum, but if the strike were to last a month it could be 35,000 tonnes. It remains to be seen if these ports can retain this extra cargo traffic once the strike ends, but it’s clear that Bilbao needs to resolve the conflict quickly and rebuild relations with its regular shipping customers. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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