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Cagliari and Cadiz ports discuss cooperation to tackle North African port competition

Cadiz, Spain (PortSEurope) May 21, 2019 – Last weekend, Cadiz hosted the first International Maritime Law Congress, held in the Iberian port city, an event promoted by the University of Cadiz and Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Cádiz (APBC – Port Authority of Cadiz).

At the event, there were talks between APBC President Teofila Martinez Saiz and the President of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Di Sardegna (AdSP – Sardinian Sea Port Authority) Massimo Deiana, with the main topics being common strategies to promote maritime traffic in Southern Europe and counter the strong competition of North African ports.

For example, Tanger Med in Morocco has attracted many investments by multinational companies in the field of logistics and transshipment. Such locations offer lower labour costs and less regulation that EU countries.

Both Cadiz and Cagliari are calling for a common strategy by port authorities of Southern Europe, with the aim of bringing the EU’s attention back to the increasingly delicate issue of competition in maritime traffic.

“The meeting with colleague Teofila Martinez Saiz”, said Massimo Deiana, “it is a good starting point for making a critical mass and pushing the EU to review some positions on ports, especially on the Mediterranean. It is clear that we are facing aggressive competition which, due to less strict rules and reduced labour costs, is slowly undermining the appeal of our ports. Only with a joint action between the various port realities and a determined action from the EU can policies be put in place to break down a bureaucracy that suffocates the ports of southern Europe and field concrete actions to revive maritime transport and investments of the main sector players in our ports”.

Source: Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Di Sardegna

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