Santander, Spain (PortSEurope) October 28, 2020 – The Board of Directors of Autoridad Portuaria de Santander (APS – Port Authority of Santander) has selected the offer presented by Boluda Maritime Terminals (Boluda Corporación Marítima) for the construction and operation of a public container terminal. This infrastructure, involving an investment of €17 million, will mean a minimum annual traffic of 40,000 TEU, a maximum capacity of
100,000 and the creation of 21 direct jobs, 720 induced and more than 1,000 indirect jobs. The execution period of the work would be 18 months. The objective of APS for new container terminal is, according to its president, Jaime González, to promote the traffic of general merchandise by betting on a clean load that generates great added value with the generation of new jobs. For him it is a “milestone” in the history of the port that comes at a time of greatest need due to the situation in which we are immersed. For his part, the Vice President of the APS and Minister of Industry, Francisco Martín, thanked Boluda Maritime Terminals for their commitment to the Port of Santander and to the Cantabrian business structure and stressed that the Government considers that they have the best possible travel companion to start this new journey. The counselor explained that they have been working for a long time on a historic aspiration, not only for the port, but also for all the companies and carriers in the region. He also believes that this new infrastructure will mean the ability to export and import from and to Cantabria with lower costs and shorter deadlines, which will place them in a more competitive situation. In his opinion, it will provide more facilities for the companies, more traffic for the port, more jobs and the possibility of opening many more commercial horizons for the industry of Cantabria. Martín emphasized that the Boluda Maritime Terminals offers the interest of one of the largest national container transport operators in Santander and will mean a transformation in the APS business model that will allow it to reduce its dependence on bulk traffic. The Board of Directors also decided to grant an administrative concession to Consignatarios de Barcos de Santander, SAU, (COBASA) for the construction and operation of a public terminal for solid fertilizers in the Espigón Norte de Raos. The new infrastructure, which will have a surface area of 7,000 m² and a concession term of 30 years, will have the capacity to move 100,000 tons per year, ensuring the traceability of the goods through the use of facilities that will have the latest technologies and that will be an environmental benchmark in terms of handling. The investment will be €5 million and the term of execution of the work of 12 months. The meeting of the highest representative body of the APS ended with the financial approval of the contract for the completion of works on the Raos 9 Pier that will provide a second berth for the regular lines of road traffic vessels for improve the level of service. The work, which will generate 291 meters of dock length, has an investment of €25 million and a completion period of 18 months. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Santander (APS – Port Authority of Santander) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.