Cartagena, Spain (PortSEurope) February 19, 2020 – The Port Authority of Cartagena (APC – Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena) has hosted an event for over 150 local and regional companies to discuss the advantages and benefits of off-industry, which is a possible new business line for the port. The port authority sees itself as developing a wider role in the maritime industry, and the Mediterranean Sea
supports the oil and gas industry (oil rigs, drillships, support vessels etc), which requires infrastructure and personnel requirements onshore. The Eastern Mediterranean Sea region has been the focus of oil and gas in recent years, with Egypt, Cyprus and israel all exploiting offshore oil and/or gas reserves. The Western Mediterranean Sea area is believed to have undersea geology which may contain exploitable energy reserves. At the event, APC President Yolanda Muñoz explained how Cartagena can position itself in the maritime sector, “getting our port to be a point of reference for the offshore industry in the Mediterranean is a priority objective, as I indicated in my inauguration. It is a new market niche that requires to inform shipowners and entrepreneurs of this business the infrastructure, companies and services available to the port and the city. This is why we have celebrated this day with different types of companies from naval repairs to sanitary services to take the pulse and know the implication for the value of our facilities”. The president, Yolanda Muñoz, has been accompanied by the general secretary of the Ministry of Development and Infrastructure, Enrique Ujaldón, the councilor of the Cartagena City Council for Employment, Cristina Pérez, the Institutional Relations and Marketing Manager of Hamilton & Cía, Francisco González, and the chief of the area of Exploitation of the APC, José Mª Gómez. Cartagena has a strategic position in the Mediterranean axis as it is an intermediate point between Africa, Asia and Europe and as a reference for shipowners. In addition, it has a maritime company, Navantia, and professionals of relevance and proven experience. The sector requires professionals with great knowledge, qualified to face the jobs required by this industry. Since 2018, the Port of Cartagena has positioned itself as a safe port for offshore vessels and many have been been docked in extended stays for conditioning and maintenance work, including a semi-submersible drilling rig, a pipe laying vessel, Saipem 700, the world’s second largest semi-submersible crane vessel and the Stena Icemax platform. “We have a terminal for project loading and a dock for long-stay ships and oil rigs. We must consolidate this new line of business by holding meetings with the main companies in the sector and, from my point of view, this is an opportunity that we cannot miss”, added Muñoz. The Canary Islands were put forward as an example of ports exploiting their strategic position to develop a naval repair industry that made turnover of €390 million in 2018, and created 7,000 new direct jobs and 16,000 indirect jobs, as well as an impact of 9% of Canarian GDP. For the president: “the initiative was born due to the opportunities detected to grow in this area. The arrival of the oil platforms so far and the work of the companies in the attention and provision of services has been very satisfactory for these large ships, which give us future perspectives, we must prepare ourselves to grow and take advantage of the opportunities offered to us this market“. APC and the companies are preparing a congress, to be held in September, which will bring together the main operators in the sector to show the potential of the port. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.