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Port Of Barcelona Prepares A Contingency Plan To Deal With The Increase In Traffic From Asia

Port of Barcelona prepares a Contingency Plan to deal with the increase in traffic from Asia

Source: Barcelona Port
The Port of Barcelona is working on a Contingency Plan to respond to the increase in traffic that will occur when the ships that have been blocked in the Suez Canal arrive – March 29, 2021 At present, the Port of Barcelona has seven weekly maritime services with different Asian destinations that pass through the Suez Canal. Once the Ever Given has been unblocked and
traffic has begun to recover through this route, the ships that cover these services have begun to sail towards the Mediterranean and will be able to call at Barcelona. The arrival of these ships in a few days will foreseeably lead to an increase in loading and unloading operations at port terminals, especially container terminals. For this reason, the Contingency Plan has already begun to be designed with the aim of guaranteeing that import and export flows are as smooth as possible. This agility will be achieved by increasing productivity at port terminals and the capacity to transport and distribute goods. The Plan involves the different stakeholders in the Barcelona Port Community: shipowners, terminals, stevedores, pilots, tugboats, mooring agents, etc.; and the logistics chain: logistics operators, land transport, rail transport, etc. The President of the Port of Barcelona, Mercè Conesa, stated that “it is in these specific episodes that the Port of Barcelona’s response capacity and reliability are demonstrated. The professionalism of the people who work at our port and the modernisation and digitalisation work that the Port Community of Barcelona has been carrying out in recent years, together with powerful infrastructures and increasingly efficient land and rail connections, allow us to face these challenges with the certainty that we will offer the best service to our customers and users”. Source: Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona (APB – Port Authority of Barcelona)

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