Cartagena, Spain (PortSEurope) May 18, 2021 – Cartagena Port Authority and the logistics operator Hamilton y Compañía have today signed a commercial agreement to empower the port as a benchmark for the offshore industry in the Mediterranean. The agreement was signed by the president of the APC, Yolanda Muñoz and by the CEO of Hamilton y Cía, Alfonso Cordero, with the vice mayor of Cartagena,
Noelia Arroyo, the rector of the UPCT, Beatriz de Miguel, present. Yolanda Muñoz said that “today we set the common strategy to strengthen Cartagena as a strategic point in the Mediterranean for the offshore industry. We want to consolidate this future traffic and take advantage of all the potential of Cartagena to generate new business opportunities that will be key to the economic boost and the creation of stable and quality jobs”. The president explained that “the agreement establishes the commitment to specialized training itineraries in the naval and industrial sector, both professional and university training and commercial empowerment outside the Region to establish the port as a preferred place for repairs and maintenance of long-stay oil rigs and vessels “and stressed that” Hamilton’s experience at the international level will be key to position the port of Cartagena as one of the preferred locations in Europe”. Alfonso Cordero stressed that “we are going to be the only reference port in the Mediterranean for the training, repair and maintenance of oil rigs, as a European epicenter that supports all companies worldwide.” He has spoken of an estimate of five annual platforms that could represent up to 4,000 direct jobs and 15,000 indirect ones. In addition, the CEO of Hamilton has reported that “this summer a course will be held in Cartagena with expert repair companies in the offshore sector to show entrepreneurs what the offshore market is and attract potential clients who know all the benefits of the Port from Cartagena”. In the commercial agreement, both the Port Authority and Hamilton y Cía undertake to jointly promote the creation and implementation of training itineraries, mainly at the professional and university levels; to arrange visits, to which they will attend together, with potential clients and to jointly take care of fairs and events, as well as exchange of information for business opportunities and projects. The geostrategic situation of the Port of Cartagena is unique among Mediterranean ports as a safe, competitive port with potential for growth. It has a draft of 21 meters deep, calm waters, a terminal for project cargo and a dock for long-stay ships and oil platforms and has competitive prices that lower logistics costs for offshore operators. But the fact is that, in addition, the municipality has the capacity to provide qualified labor as it is in the main industrial center of Spain, with Repsol; shipbuilding specialists, thanks to Navantia; and specialized training thanks to the UPCT and the vocational training institutes. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena (APC – Port Authority of Cartagena) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.