Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) June 27, 2019 – Vigo port and shipping company Suardíaz are developing a project that can improve the viability of the motorway of the sea between Gijón and Nantes-Saint Nazaire that Balearia wants to resume at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021.
So far, the Vigo sea highway is based on the transport of vehicles from the PSA factory and its extension to the Moroccan port of Tangier, thanks to fish and vehicle traffic from the Dacia (Renault) factory.
According to the publication ‘Transporte XXI’, the managers of Vigo and Nantes-Saint Nazaire ports, as well as the Suardíaz shipping company, are analysing the possibility of collecting Ro-Ro cargo in France, Morocco and the Iberian North-West, to extend the motorway of the sea to an Irish port and to those of Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Hamburg (Germany).
In Vigo, they are already building a border control post at the Bouzas terminal, with the aim of using the fish brought from Morocco as traffic that could serve as the engine of the project.
But carrying out this idea is a significant investment. Nantes and Suardíaz want the EU to put the necessary subsidy directly to the shipping company, without taking into account that the EU aid for the development of motorways of the sea has already been eliminated. Suardíaz considers that increasing the subsidies to the shipping companies helps “to intensify the profitable lines with bigger ships”.
Soon, Vigo port managers will visit the Nantes to develop a joint project that can be presented to the European Union as a single Atlantic motorway of the sea.
Source: El Comercio
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