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Oranges From Castellón Depart From Port Of València Bound For India

Oranges from Castellón depart from Port of València bound for India

Source: MSC
València, June 8, 2021 – 11 refrigerated containers loaded with 250 tons of Castellón oranges depart from the Port of València aboard MSC SIXIN, one of the largest container ships in the world with a capacity for 23,756 TEU, bound for India. An experimental shipment coordinated by the Citrus Management Committee (CGC) that opens an opportunity for the sector to establish itself in a market as powerful
as the Indian one. Cítricos de la Comunitat Valenciana aboard the ship with the largest capacity that has docked at the port facilities of València – its first call was made in June 2020 – with a capacity for 23,756 TEUs, and which makes it the second largest container ship in the world. More efficient, sustainable and digital ships that favor the movement of goods between Europe and the Far East. The arrival of this type of vessel is possible due to the improvement of the drafts in the Príncipe Felipe dock in 2019 in order to adapt it to containers of these characteristics. A commitment so that Valenciaport continues to be a strategic hub in the Mediterranean and a reference port for Spanish export companies that sell their products to any corner of the world. A sample of this operational importance of large ships is that in the first four months of the year, the movement of goods in the Valencian port area grew by 9.54% and that of containers by 6.5%, while the number of ships arriving at the Valencian docks decreased by 2.23%. Something that was already reflected in 2020 when 1,040 fewer vessels arrived at the port of Valencia than in 2019, which represents a decrease of 13.2%. The fact is that the world economic situation is producing and accelerating the concentration of loading / unloading of goods and that there are fewer and fewer hub ports such as Valencia. In recent years, shipping companies are betting on ships with greater capacity, more efficient and sustainable. The MSC SIXIN, belonging to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), is an example of this commitment to the present and future of maritime transport. This container ship was inaugurated in 2019 and has the latest technological advances in maritime transport where environmental criteria are prioritized. It is part of the “MSC GÜLSÜN” class with a capacity of 23,756 TEU, 400 meters long and 61 meters wide. MSC SIXIN has the telematic connection of the “digital containers”, it has more than 2,000 connections for refrigerated TEUs and a design that allows a significant reduction in CO2 for each container transported compared to the average of container ships operating today. These large capacity vessels ensure connectivity with Asian markets, which guarantees lower costs for exporters who can use these services in a direct way, which improves the competitiveness of the productive fabric of the Valencian Community in order to reach extreme markets. East and all intermediate ports on this route, such as the oranges that have left for India. Valenciaport, strategic for the agri-food industry In the first four months of the year, the Valenciaport docks managed the entry and exit of 2,937,518 tons of products from the agro-livestock and food sector, 11.57% more than in the same period of 2020. Of this total, 51.4 %, that is 1,502,123 tons, corresponds to foreign sales of the Spanish industry destined for different parts of the world. This data represents an increase of more than 35% compared to the first four months of 2020 and is a sign of the dynamism of the agri-food sector, which has in Valenciaport the strategic port of exit and entry of its merchandise. Valenciaport is a fundamental port for the industry that is confirmed year after year in the commitment of the port community to provide the services and instruments necessary to facilitate the movement of both non-perishable and perishable agri-food products. In the latter case, refrigerated maritime transport is carried out in reefer containers, which are equipped with a refrigerator motor that allows the transport of temperature-sensitive goods such as fruits, vegetables, fish or meats, but also other products such as chemicals or pharmaceuticals. . In addition, another of the strengths of the Port of València is its position as the best connected Spanish port, fourth in Europe and twentieth in the world according to the index prepared by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). And it is that the Valencian port maintains commercial relations with a thousand ports of 168 different countries, and operates with 98 regular lines managed by 35 different shipping companies. First major shipment to India These 11 refrigerated containers is the first experimental shipment of Spanish oranges to India and is part of a joint action promoted, led and coordinated by the Citrus Management Committee (CGC), in which 10 operators have participated and which has with the help of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition. These containers have been shipped in viable conditions in which the cold treatment required in pre-shipment has been replaced by another in transit. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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