Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) April 10, 2017 – Vigo port received on Friday the first call of the “Galicia” vessel, which will link the terminals of Vigo and Tangier as a Motorway of the Sea line. The new service represents an extension of the line operated by Suardiaz line between Vigo and Nantes-Saint Nazaire in France. The service to Morocco will have two weekly departures, with
expected arrival in Vigo on Friday and Monday. In the case of the upstream route (Tangier-Vigo-Saint-Nazaire) the vessel will leave the Maghreb port on Wednesday afternoon to arrive in Vigo on Friday morning. From where it will be heading to Saint Nazaire at noon. The arrival in France will take place on Saturday at 0600 local time approximately. The other call will leave from Tangier on Friday afternoons to arrive at the Bouzas Terminal on Monday at 0800. It will leave the Vigo docks at 1800 on the same day and the arrival in Saint Nazaire will take place on Wednesday evening. With regard to the downstream route (Saint Nazaire-Vigo-Tangier), the vessel will depart from the French port on Wednesday to arrive in Vigo on Friday morning. From there it will head to Tangier on Saturday, where it is scheduled to call at noon. The second of the calls envisaged, departs from Saint Nazaire on Saturday and arrives in Vigo at 0100 on Monday. This new route will favour the industry of northwest Spain, northern Portugal, northwest France and Morocco, thanks to a reliable and high-frequency service that will link Vigo with Morocco, Spain’s second trading partner outside the EU. In fact, this extension is expected to favour trade flows of both the automotive industry – with Citröen at the top – and the textile and agri-food sectors, mainly in the fishing and horticultural trade. In addition to the connection with Tangier, Suardiaz will add a weekly connection to the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium and increase the frequency between Vigo and Nantes-Saint Nazaire to four weekly departures, for which more ships are already scheduled. The Motorway of the Sea that connects the ports of Vigo and France started two years ago and since then, the traffic between the two regions has not stopped growing, demonstrating the reliability of this line. Source: Diario del Puerto Copyright (c) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2017.
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