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Aurelio Martínez: “In 2030 The Port Of València Will Be At Maximum Capacity”

Aurelio Martínez: “In 2030 the Port of València will be at maximum capacity”

Source: PortSEurope
According to estimates of container traffic growth, when the new North terminal is operational, the Port of València will be handling 7.5 million containers – November 30, 2020 The president of the València Port Authority points out that “international trade in the coming years will continue to grow. To continue being a strategic hub we need new terminals ”. It indicates that the new Valenciaport infrastructures
“will be efficient, generate employment, support the production system and be respectful with the environment.” Aurelio Martínez and Vicente Pallardó have participated in the webinar “Infrastructure and international trade in the post-pandemic: Strategic role in the European Mediterranean arc” organized by ICEX. The president of the Port Authority of València (APV), Aurelio Martínez, has stated that “according to the estimates of growth of container traffic in 2030, the Port of València will have reached the maximum of its current capacity, which is 7.5 million containers. When the new north terminal is operational, we will be at maximum occupancy, so if we want to continue being a strategic hub port in the Mediterranean, we need to strengthen the infrastructures to assume the growth of international trade and facilitate the export and import activity of our companies”. Martínez has participated in the webinar “Infrastructures and international trade in the post-pandemic: Strategic role in the European Mediterranean arc” organized by ICEX Spain Export and Investments. During his speech, he explained to entrepreneurs and public and private institutions the main infrastructure projects of Valenciaport to strengthen its position as a mixed port -that combines export / import with transshipment- and thus favor the economic and commercial activity of the Valencian Community and Spain. Post-covid container traffic The president of APV has assured that “in the last 50 years we have suffered four major crises that have affected maritime traffic. We have come out of all of them, just as we are going to come out of this one, with its adjustments and changes that will affect the economy as a whole. As after the previous crises, maritime traffic will continue to grow in the future, and therefore, we have to be prepared to respond to the import / export activity of companies”. Thus, according to the Drewry index, worldwide container traffic will decrease 3.3% this year, while for the next few years it foresees sustained growth between 6.6 and 4.1%. In the case of Valenciaport, an average growth is estimated for the next years of 3%, with which in 2040 10 million containers would be managed. “This situation makes clear the need for a new north terminal in Valencia, an expansion that began in 2000 and which has already completed the works of the shelter dikes,” said Aurelio Martínez. The president of the PAV has gone one step further and explained that, as this type of work takes many years to execute and is very complex, we must think about new terminals, which cannot be done in Valencia. “The future of the growth of Valenciaport passes through Sagunto”. New terminals and other strategic projects Regarding the design of new terminals such as the one projected by TIL, Martínez has argued that “they will be efficient, generate qualified employment, support the production system, and be respectful of the environment, with a firm commitment to the railroad. In short, they will make growth compatible with sustainability”. During his speech, the president of the PAV also reviewed other strategic projects of the Port of València such as rail connections, the Logistics Activities Zone (ZAL), the new Public Passenger Terminal or the Technological Innovation programs. Thus, he highlighted Valenciaport’s commitment to “intermodality and rail corridors both in the Port of València and in Sagunto, which translates into PAV contributions of 88.6 million euros for projects such as line improvements Zaragoza-Teruel-València, the rail access to the port of Sagunto or the improvement of the intermodal terminal at Fuente de San Luis ”. In the webinar organized by ICEX, the economic situation analyst from the Institute of International Economics (IEI), Vicente Pallardó, has also intervened, who has emphasized the “opportunity that Spain has with European funds for the Covid-19 recovery to invest in a smart way to reorient the Spanish economy in a more productive way ”. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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