Cartagena, Spain (PortSEurope) November 4, 2021 – Secretary of State for the European Union, Juan González-Barba, has visited the Port of Cartagena to review the port’s development. The visit was hosted by Yolanda Muñoz, president of Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena (APC – Port Authority of Cartagena), who presented the potential of the port of Cartagena as a driving force behind economic and logistical development for
Cartagena, the Region and Spain. Muñoz highlighted the need to implement key EU projects to move towards a more intermodal, green and intelligent port. Muñoz highlighted that “to be more competitive and efficient, it is necessary to grow, and to grow it is necessary to have infrastructures that make us more intermodal, innovative and, of course, sustainable”, where she explained that “we currently have €39 million in European projects for the development of the Cartagena ZAL, its connection with the Mediterranean Corridor and by road, as well as sustainability projects”, to help alleviate the effects of climate change by reducing underwater noise and the commitment to fuels such as liquefied natural gas through the CORE LNGas hive project . The Port of Cartagena is currently the most profitable port in Spain, the fourth in traffic of goods and the 23rd among European ports. But it faces great challenges to become a safe and efficient logistics hub in the Mediterranean thanks to its strategic location where 80% of the world’s maritime traffic passes. “We cannot renounce strategic projects such as the start-up of the railway to increase connections and boost solid bulk traffic with the center of Spain and its connection to the Mediterranean Corridor and maritime transport lines have to be linked in Cartagena through The logistics hub that the Los Camachos ZAL and the port extensions must make up”, insisted the president of the APC. In this sense, the president of the APC has announced the expansion projects of a new terminal that will allow the diversification of traffic and the increase of containers. The Secretary of State for the European Union has also had the opportunity to learn about the European projects that the Port Authority is opting for through the Next Generation and Connecting Europe funds. Also present at the visit were the Minister of Business, Industry and Spokesperson, Valle Miguélez of the Region of Murcia, the Deputy Mayor of Cartagena, Ana Belén Castejón, the Director General of the European Union of the Region of Murcia, Andrian Zittelli and the general director of the APC, Fermín Rol. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.