News – The first Maritime Cluster of Catalonia is formed within PIMEC and is integrated into the Spanish Maritime Cluster – July 11, 2019
The headquarters of the Catalan employers’ association of the Micro, Petita i Mitjana Empresa de Catalunya (PIMEC), in Barcelona, hosted the official act of setting up the Maritime Cluster of Catalonia (Clúster Marítimo de Cataluña), an entity that will form part of the Spanish Maritime Cluster (CME – Clúster Marítimo Español). In the act of constitution participated the member of the executive committee of PIMEC and president of the Federation of Employers Identities Values and Alternative Strategies for Maritime and Fishing Entrepreneurs (IVEAEMPA), Iolanda Piera, who will preside over the Catalan cluster; the president of the CME, Alejandro Aznar; the president of PIMEC, Josep González; and the president of honor of the CME, Federico Esteve.
The Maritime Cluster of Catalonia was born with the aim of boosting the competitiveness of the Catalan maritime sector, which includes transport, fishing and tourist and nautical activities at all levels. In this way, it is aligned with the Blue Growth policies promoted by the European Union, combining its efforts with those of the Spanish Maritime Cluster, of which it will be a part, in order to maintain and reinforce the growth, competitiveness and sustainability of maritime activities.
The strategy of the CME involves cooperation with all the associations and forums of the sector, as in this case with the Catalan Cluster, combining efforts to represent all segments of the maritime sector as a whole, and promoting the development and competitiveness of the Spanish maritime companies and industries, as well as positioning the Blue Economy as a national strategic sector.
The maritime activity in Catalonia
The maritime sector is of great importance for the Autonomous Community, in which there are 52 ports and nautical clubs, as well as the important ports of Barcelona and Tarragona, which are dependent on Puertos del Estado. Spaces of great economic activity that concentrate the transport of people and merchandise, the fishing industry, as well as a multitude of leisure and tourist activities. In this sense, by the ports of the Generalitat, more than 2.3 million tons of merchandise enter or leave annually, around 36,000 tons of fish are discharged and there is a passenger traffic of more than half a million people. In the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona, passenger traffic is close to 3 million and goods traffic to 53 million tons; according to the Sectoral Report of the Barcelona City Council.
In 2018 the Port of Barcelona generated an induced economic impact of 9,260 million euros, equivalent to 6% of the Gross Domestic Product of Catalonia, according to data from the Port Authority, and to which more than 32,000 jobs are linked. In this way, the Port of Barcelona is configured as one of the main engines of economic development of the community, although the maritime sector is much more, as represented by the Cluster itself. In this regard, we must bear in mind that fishing in Catalonia generated almost 103 million euros, according to data from the Generalitat, made more than 27,000 tons of catches and has 732 registered vessels. Aquaculture recorded a production in 2018 of 8,000 tons, with a value of more than 25 million euros.
Another representative segment of the Catalan maritime sector is the nautical sports, where Catalonia was placed in second national position, with a market share of recreational boats of 18.9%, according to data from the National Association of Nautical Enterprises (Anen).
PIMEC is the most important employers in Catalonia. It is made up of 128,000 associated companies and 274 sectoral associations, many of which are related to the Blue Economy. It has 172 employees, 200 employees and 18 branches in Catalonia and one in Brussels.
Source: Clúster Marítimo Español
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