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Port Of Huelva: Boost Short Sea Shipping To Increase Exports

Port of Huelva: Boost short sea shipping to increase exports

Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva
The Port of Huelva has today shown the consolidation of its position in short sea shipping (TMCD), within the Short Sea Shipping Day held in Las Cocheras del Puerto de Huelva under the title “Port of Huelva. Present and Future of Short Distance Maritime Transport in the South of the Atlantic Corridor ”, where it has taken advantage of the presence of land transport representatives and
shipping companies to publicize the Ruta 1400 brand , Huelva Canarias , which was created to promote the connectivity of the Port of Huelva with the Canary Islands, as a key element of the European Atlantic corridor – November 23, 2021 The Port Authority has presented “Ruta 1400 Huelva-Canarias”, a registered trademark of the Port of Huelva, which represents the innovative, collaborative, inclusive, efficient, digital and sustainable spirit of all the actors that make up the value proposition of maritime connectivity Huelva-Canarias and its terrestrial continuity to the entire peninsular and European territory.  This brand has been presented during the second round table of the day, which has dealt with “Port of Huelva, Atlantic node of the EU for its connection with the Canary Islands”, which has been moderated by the head of the Department of Business and Commercial Development of the Port Authority of Huelva, Jaime Beltrán, and has had the participation of the delegate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife of Naviera Armas, Agustín Miguel Guerra Luis, the Commercial Director of Termisur Eurocargo and Alisios Shipping Lines Gerardo García-Gavira, the head of Renfe Merchandise Terminal Logistics, Diego Martinez, Baleària General Manager, Georges Bassoul, and Fred Olsen Express freight manager, Jesús Dionis.  In the development of this round table, the values ​​and principles of Route 1400 Huelva-Canarias have been discovered through its main actors, who have taken advantage of their presentations to show their alignment and clear commitment to the brand.  As has been presented at this table, the Port of Huelva is achieving very positive results in all its types of traffic with the Canary Islands, which are already exceeding the levels of the 2019 financial year in passenger and semi-trailers, being the national leader in these traffics, as well as in containers, where it stands out for its excellent multimodality and efficiency achieved with the railroad, perfectly integrated into the same South Pier.  The president of the Port of Huelva, Pilar Miranda, stressed that “Ruta 1400 Huelva-Canarias” is not just a commercial brand, “it is a commitment, the sum of the entire logistics chain that the Port of Huelva has in its land maritime node. , with a shared objective: to create value for the client, putting it at the center of all its efforts, dedicating maximum attention and collaborative work between the entire logistics chain, so that their experience in the Port of Huelva meets all their expectations ”.  For this reason, Ruta 1400 was created as a guarantee of excellence in comprehensive door-to-door service for all customers: shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, logistics operators, and passengers. More information about the brand on the web:  and at the following link: .  The Ruta 1400 Huelva-Canarias brand brings together different concepts. Among them, the fact that 1400 are the round trip nautical miles between Huelva and the Canary Islands; 1400 are the kilometers that run through the Atlantic Corridor between Huelva and its entire peninsular route to the border with France; 1400 is the century in which Christopher Columbus and the three caravels set out from the old port of Palos de la Frontera, and making their first stop in the Canary Islands, on their expedition to the New World; already then constituting the Huelva-Canary Islands route as a maritime extension of the current Atlantic Corridor of the TENT network, and establishing a nerve center for international trade relations, through the union of two continents.  This conference has been organized by the Spanish Association for the Promotion of Short Distance Maritime Transport (SPC Spain) in collaboration with the Huelva Port Authority, and has been subsidized by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. The session had a mixed face-to-face / online format and was attended by more than a hundred professionals, companies and associations from the maritime, port and transport sectors, who had the opportunity to learn about the news and progress of the connections Current and future regular maritime services of the Port of Huelva, both in container and in road transport, with Northern Europe, the Canary Islands and West Africa.  The event was opened by the president of the Port of Huelva, Pilar Miranda, who pointed out the great importance of the union of efforts between the different actors of the global logistics chains, both from the public administration and from the private initiative, which allows the creation of synergies and an extensive, solid and committed port community, which makes it possible for the Port of Huelva to be today a great engine for the socio-economic development of its surroundings and its area of ​​influence, and also a first-rate multimodal logistics platform level, head of the Atlantic Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).  For the president of the Port of Huelva, “it is very important to promote short-distance maritime transport with other countries, since we intend to increase exports from the Port of Huelva and we consider that the use of the ship, mainly roro and ropax cargo ships, it can complement the use of land, truck and train transport, especially at a time when the European Union is committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere in transport ”.  The first presentation of the day was given by the director of the Port of Huelva, Ignacio Álvarez-Ossorio, who has dealt with the present and future of short sea shipping in the Port of Huelva.  The conference was led and presented by the director of Grupo Transporte XXI, Alfonso Alday, who highlighted the promising future of the TMCD in general, and the Port of Huelva in particular, given the global situation that logistics is going through.  Within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030), the presentation on “Financing projects for Smart and Sustainable transport” has been developed by the technical director of Planning of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA ), Maria C. Corral, and the coordinator of the MITMA Trans-European Network Program, Carlos Ruiz.  At this table, the various calls for aids for Sustainable and Intelligent Transport have been presented that both at national and European level, in which the new model of Eco-incentives for Transport stands out, is in its final phase of publication, and in The one that grants aid to the environmental merit of the modal transfer from the highway to the ship in the savings achieved in the national territory towards the export, being Huelva one of the provinces that can demonstrate this environmental merit.  The first round table dealt with the “Port of Huelva, Atlantic link between Europe and West Africa”, which was attended by the technical director of the Spanish Association for the Promotion of Short Distance Maritime Transport (SPC Spain) Pilar Tejo, as moderator, and the following participants: Pedro Marín, manager of Interfresa, Esteban Sánchez, representative of the Road Transport Sector of the Onubense Federation of Entrepreneurs (FOE), Diogo Castro, regional Sales and Logistic Senior Manager, of Yilport Iberia, Verónica Vargas, Branch manager of Containerships Huelva, and Ignacio Hernani, head of the Commercial Division of the Port Authority of Huelva.  During the day, the deep reflection that is being carried out worldwide on global supply chains, which points to a clear increase in short-distance maritime exchanges, was revealed. In this context, given the current fragility of supply chains and in the midst of the debate on the relocation of the industry to shorten transit times, many companies are rethinking their supply logistics, and, therefore, the ‘short sea’ has now a clear development opportunity as a complementary and subsidiary option to ground transportation. Also, reference has been made to the future trend of using the ship and the train for long distances, and the truck for shorter journeys.  The Port of Huelva is carrying out an intermodal strategy with a firm commitment to environmental sustainability, following the EU and UN guidelines, with increasingly carbon footprint-conscious and demanding shippers and end consumers. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva (APH – Port Authority of Huelva)

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