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Vigo Port And Local Government Discuss Brexit And Rail Investment

Vigo port and local government discuss Brexit and rail investment

Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) February 23, 2021 – The president of Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo (APV – Port Authority of Vigo), Jesús Vázquez Almuíña, has met with the Government delegate in Galicia, Javier Losada, to discuss the current situation of the port and the infrastructures necessary for growth in the short-medium term. Almuíña reported that whilst merchandise traffic grew by +4.14% in 2020 despite the Covid-19
coronavirus crisis to exceed 4.3 million tons, there is a requirement for planning linked to both Brexit and railway access to the port. Cruise traffic and fresh fish (-17.08%) both declined last year and the port president stressed the need for greater flexibility to face the consequences of Brexit. As said that the fishing sector needs a solution, since Brexit represents a “big problem” for the Port due to the possible application of tariffs on catches in the Malvinas. He also referred to the need to plan the rail connection with the Bouzas Terminal, the largest in the port, which would facilitate the connection by train with the Salvaterra-As Neves Logistics Platform ( PLISAN), whose execution is “decisive” for the functioning of the Atlantic Corridor. Regarding the PLISAN siding, Vázquez Almuíña said that the procedures with the Railway Infrastructure Administrator (ADIF) for its execution have already begun. Lastly, the parties discussed the guidelines of what will be the new Blue Growth port strategy for the coming years. As indicated, this new plan includes a total of 48 projects, of which 28 are already underway with European or public-private funds. The budget for these new lines of action, which is intended to be presented to the Next Generation funds, amounts to €246 million ($299.2 million). Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo (APV – Port Authority of Vigo) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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