Valencia, Spain (PortSEurope) November 25, 2018 – Aurelio Martínez, president of Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia), has opened the annual conference of Asociación Española de Promoción del Transporte Marítimo de Corta Distancia (SPC – Spanish Association for the Promotion of Short Sea Shipping), held in the port of Valencia. The president was accompanied by María José Rallo, Secretary General of Transport; Álvaro Rodríguez Dapena, representative of Puertos del Estado and Manuel Carlier, president of SPC-Spain.
During his speech, the president thanked the employers of transporte marítimo de corta distancia (TMCD – short sea shipping) for choosing Valencia as the venue for their annual meeting and expressed the involvement and support of Valenciaport to the development of this type of transport. In this sense, Aurelio Martínez has shown the importance that the port of Valencia – specialized in container traffic – has been charging in the short-distance maritime services of ro-ro cargo and that it has managed to “become the leader in Spain in connections regular with countries of the Mediterranean, the North Sea and the Baltic. Especially relevant are the motorways of the sea that connect the ports of Valencia and Sagunto with ports in northern and southern Italy.”
Aurelio Martínez highlighted the potential of Ro-Ro traffic for Valenciaport and reached 9.5 million tons of total traffic last year. In this month of October the road traffic, with an accumulated growth of 12%, has reached 8.7 million tons.
In terms of intermodality, Aurelio Martínez recalled that Valenciaport has invested in infrastructure, new areas and rail connections “expanding and making the offer of spaces more attractive”. In the same way, the president indicated “the logistic operators, the shippers, the shipping companies have bet on us and together we have achieved that Valencia is recognized as a port of motorways of the sea”.
The president valued positively the effort made by the European Union in the enhancement of rail traffic, but has called for more attention to the motorways of the sea for its ability to generate synergies. “The shipowners themselves recognize that the traffic Valencia-Italy the savings of the boat with respect to the truck can be estimated between 30 and 50%. In addition, it has important environmental advantages by significantly reducing CO2 emissions. ” For this reason, it has influenced the importance of having inter-port connections that increase the efficiency of the railway network.
Likewise, Aurelio Martínez pointed out that the port of Valencia is one of the 20 most important ports in Europe and that they concentrate half of all European Union merchandise traffic. The president of Valenciaport recalled that Europe is a port that has 1,200 ports and between them, 316 are those that centralize the volume of inter-europe traffic and 83 integrate the “main network”.
Of the almost 3,900 million tonnes handled in 2016, 1,400 correspond to inter-European traffic. Before these figures Aurelio Martinez has denounced the “little attention paid by the European Union to the motorways of the sea.”
During his speech, Aurelio Martinez expressed the commitment of Valenciaport for the environment and announced that APV is working on a project to open a fixed gas station for ships, which will be operational as of next June.
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia
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