Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) June 13, 2019 – The president of Puertos del Estado, Salvador de la Encina, met today with the president of the port of Barcelona, Mercè Conesa, and recognized the role of Barcelona as a reference port, together with Algeciras and Valencia. He confirmed that the state remained committed to the development of Barcelona port.
“If the port is endowed with these instruments, it will no longer be just one of the national leaders, but also world leaders,” he said. “We must advance in the necessary structures to make this great port, an even greater port”. For its part, Conesa stressed that the port has “important challenges, but I have no doubt that we will be able to address them in the coming months”.
The president has also referred to the new collective agreement for port workers after ten years, which will be published in the BOE in the coming days. Likewise, he pointed out that the pending challenge in reference to the stowage “is to update the template we have to modernity that technological changes require of us”.
“We must update the workforce of stowage to modernity that technological changes demand”.
As for the study to define the strategic framework of ports, De la Encina has announced that technically it is already defined. However, the Government delegate in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera, stressed that “we did not start from scratch, but from very negative positions.” In this sense, he has highlighted his predisposition to dialogue and to involve the institutions that have responsibility in this issue.
In addition, in reference to the port of Barcelona, has assured that “has a power, a dynamism and a capacity that requires actions that do not need in other ports.” In this sense, he announced that the Government has “a clear commitment to make this the port it has to be, because it works well, has capabilities, staff and a good direction, but above all because it is a source of wealth in Catalonia.”
Puertos del Estado is a state-owned company responsible for the management of state-owned ports. The company executes the port policy of the government and coordinates and controls the efficiency of the port system, made up of 28 port authorities that manage the 46 ports of general interest.
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