Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) November 2, 2017 – No European port would dispute Vigo harbour’s leadership in the handling of fish for human consumption. Vigo port authority (Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo) aims not only to maintain this position but to reinforce it. One of the possibilities considered is to take advantage of the recent extension to Tangier of the Motorway of the Sea for the traffic of
fresh fish. Enrique López Veiga, the president of the port, recalls that in Africa there are many Galician fishing interests largely related to mixed companies that “send a lot of fresh cargo to Spain. A lot of fish of Moroccan origin is sold in the peninsula”. Shipping company Suardiaz maintains two weekly frequencies with Tangier. “In 36 hours, which is how long it takes the vessel to make the journey, there may be fish in Vigo,” says the president of the port, adding that time will confirm whether it is a viable project or not. “In any case, what we have to do is be prepared in case it finally gets going,” he says. The route of Tangier started in April. So far it has been exhibiting very weak traffic numbers, which barely exceed 40%. The president of the shipping company, Juan Riva, acknowledged last month in one of his last visits to Vigo,that the forecast they handle is that it does not start to be profitable before 2019, coinciding with the entry into operation of the factory that carmaker PSA is building in the town of Kenitra, where it intends to produce 200,000 vehicles per year. While that moment arrives, it is another automotive firm, Renault, which generates the bulk of the traffic to the two ships that cover the extension to Tangier. They usually complete the letter textile products, especially for company Inditex, and agri-food. It is precisely the modality of unaccompanied freight in semi-trailers that Suardiaz seeks to strengthen. The technological transformation of the fish market in Vigo is pending financing and is the main obstacle to the project. “We are the first fishing port in Europe and the fish market generates losses,” Veiga said. “Modernising the fish market is one of my main priorities. It needs important structural reforms,” he says. The most immediate goal is to adjust the accounts, balance expenses and revenues. The balance of last year showed a loss of 1.9 million. The objective is to start the works as soon as possible. “I hope I can tender them in 2018,” he says. As a previous step, they commissioned the Automotive Technician Center of Galicia (CTAG) a study on logistics flows and maximum use of spaces to improve the operations of the facilities. With this collaboration, says Veiga, the port seeks to transfer the technologies used by the automotive sector to incorporate them into fishing activity. Therefore, the distribution of assignments of both the first and second sales will be optimised, guaranteeing the physical separation contemplated by the regulations. Source: La Voz de Galicia Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2017.