Leixões, Portugal (PortSEurope) February 13, 2019 – Vigo is not the only target of Leixões port’s offensive in container traffic. Until now it was enough to rival its Galician neighbour, but the Turkish port terminal Yilport that controls the containerised terminal of Oporto and another six in Portugal aspires to do much more. In case there was any doubt about the scope of the goal of Yilport, its owner, Robert Yildirim, made it clear in the recent official opening of the new container dock, “We want to compete with Spanish ports, especially with Barcelona and Valencia.”
The head of the business holding company with presence in Galicia, where it owns the container terminal in the outer port of Ferrol, offered some details of the commercial strategy to be deployed from Leixões at the launch ceremony of the infrastructure in which €43.4 million ($49.2 million) more will be invested. Robert Yildirim revealed that his goal is to “compete for the cargo that goes to the centre of Spain.” And how do you propose to achieve it? “We will offer more attractive rates and services, which is why we believe that the owners of these cargoes will call at Leixões,” he added.
With 8.5 million tonnes, Leixões handled three times more cargo than the total of the three ports of southern Spanish Galicia (Vigo, Marín and Vilagarcía).
In the Portuguese ranking, the harbour occupies the second place behind Lisbon, although by the statements of the Turkish businessman, if their plans are fulfilled, at least in container volume Leixões will take little time to reach the capital of the country. Yildirim emphasised his willingness to “discuss and help in whatever is necessary to configure the port of the future.”
Source: Faro de Vigo
Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2019.