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Valenciaport Prepared To Manage Traffic Held Back By The Blockade Of The Suez Canal

Valenciaport prepared to manage traffic held back by the blockade of the Suez Canal

Source: PortSEurope
Terminals and shipping companies will focus their management on the coordination of empty containers so that they are in the terminal yards for the shortest time possible The Port Authority of Valencia has received notification of the arrival of the first ship from the Suez Canal for next April 10 València, March 31, 2021 – The port community of Valenciaport is prepared to manage the traffic
and merchandise detained by the blockade of the Suez Canal and to face the daily activity of the port area with full guarantees. “The whole of the port community is sure to guarantee the service to the exporting and importing companies that operate in Valenciaport. We have the experience and the infrastructure to handle the additional workload that may come these days. We are a port at the service of our business fabric that is going to respond to this situation”, said Néstor Martínez, deputy director of the Valencia Port Authority (APV), after the meeting held this morning by the Brand Warranty. At this meeting, in which representatives of the port community were present, the risks of the activity have been evaluated after re-establishing navigation in the Suez Canal and a coordination and planning plan has been established to avoid situations of blockade in the terminals. In this sense, it should be noted that PAV has received notification of the arrival of the first ship from the Suez Canal for next April 10. At the Brand meeting, the port community has established that the terminals and shipping companies are going to focus their management on coordinating empty containers so that they are in the terminal yards for the shortest time possible. In addition, if necessary, the empty containers will be transported, at times that do not affect the activity of the terminals, to the external warehouses in order to have enough space for loading and unloading operations. On the other hand, the freight forwarders (representatives of the exporters and importers) will notify the hinterland companies served by Valenciaport so that the export containers do not enter the port until the scale of the ships that have to take them. are regulated and authorized to prevent the containers from being stored waiting for their departure to their destination points. “We want to prevent an export container from reaching the port when the ship that has to load them does not arrive for 15 days to avoid occupying unnecessary spaces,” explained Néstor Martínez. Another of the measures that has been agreed between the members represented in the Guarantee Mark is the planning and adaptation of the transport sector day based on the new terminal hours. In this sense, from April 13 MSC Terminal Valencia and CSP Iberian Terminal Valencia will advance the opening of doors at 6:00 in the morning (currently they open at 8:00), for the delivery of import containers and empty containers. In addition, CSP Iberian Terminal Valencia will delay the closing hours of doors to 9:00 p.m., which will facilitate access for export traffic that may have suffered delays in their operations throughout the day. In addition, work inside the terminal will continue after the doors have been closed until all trucks that have accessed it are served. For its part, MSC Terminal Valencia will continue with the commitment to serve the transports that are in the Pre-Entry area at the time of theoretical closing of the doors. Representation of the entire port community In the Guarantee Mark, more than 150 companies and institutions are represented, including customs agents, freight forwarders, consignees, container depots, moorings, stevedores, pilots, tugboats, logistics operators, carriers, stevedoring companies or supply providers, among others. According to the estimates of PAV, the increase in traffic is expected to be between 20,000 and 25,000 TEUs (standard 20-foot containers), a figure corresponding to the traffic held to one part of Suez and another that has not been able to navigate during the six days that the Canal has been blocked. This is an amount that will be added to the daily traffic handled in the port area (an average of 15,000 TEUs / day). The Valencia Port Authority expects that the arrival and departure of this retained traffic will be done in a spaced manner during the 10 or 15 days that will follow the next weekend; which would allow to minimize the impact. However, the capacity and professionalism of the Port of Valencia at peak times will allow it to face the uniqueness caused by the Suez blockade. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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