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COUNTRY REPORTSPAIN


got off to a similarly positive start for ports across Spain.


Dewit continued: “Our aims and expectations for 2018 and the years to follow are simply to keep working. The port of Tarragona, with the giant ports of Barcelona and Valencia to either side of it, has no option but to work constantly and do its job well, investing as necessary in order to be better and more competitive each day, with the aim of being the benchmark port in the Mediterranean. “As such, we must keep increasing our cargo volumes as we do each year, and optimise our management of the site, which is currently 85 percent occupied.” She added that the development of intermodal transport is one of the port’s distinguishing features, with rail transport links being key to Tarragona’s offering.


Supporting business On Spain’s opposite coast, at Bilbao, Ugarteche feels that Uniport’s most important role is “to support the businesses involved in any type of activity to do with external trade in heavy and outsize equipment, from exporters and importers, through collaboration with manufacturing


Uniport Bilbao aims to support the wide variety of industries in the surrounding region.


clusters, as well as support for companies [manufacturers, shipping lines, forwarders, logistics companies and so on]. “As an association, we are gratified and motivated to see the great dynamism of the logistics community when it comes to adapting their services to the needs of their clients,” Ugarteche


continued. “This indicates that what Bilbao has to offer is very versatile,” with thousands of shipments departing Bilbao on ro-ro, lo- lo and containerships for a wide variety of destinations.


HLPFI


Wind farm projects boost logistics sector


The manufacture of wind farm components close to the port will be a welcome generator of project cargo handling opportunities, said Inmaculada Ugarteche, director of Uniport Bilbao.


“In June 2017, work began on the new plant that Haizea Wind is setting up at the port of Bilbao for the manufacture of components for the wind energy sector. With an investment of EUR37.4 million (USD46.3 million), in addition to the EUR17.6 million (USD21.8 million) that the port authority has put into the construction of vessels and warehousing to accommodate industrial activity, once the plant becomes operational there will be 250-300 new jobs available”. Haizea Wind’s Bilbao facility, which will occupy 48,000 sq m on a 77,000 sq m site, will manufacture various offshore components – offshore towers, offshore foundations and subcomponents of offshore foundations.


“Its production capacity will be 72 May/June 2018


300 sections per year, each section measuring up to 50 m long with a diameter of 8.5 m, and 100 monopiles a year with a diameter of 10.5 m.”


The strategic location of the port of Bilbao will reduce the cost of moving these components in complex overland project moves, reducing complications and corresponding costs, Ugarteche added.


“Haizea Wind joins Lointek, which set up at the port of Bilbao in 2015 with the same aim. Lointek’s 6,000 sq m facility can be expanded to 54,000 sq m. Among other projects, this plant has produced a fractionating column measuring 9 m in diameter and 81 m in length, with a weight of 1,054 tonnes. “The industrial zone that


surrounds the port of Bilbao enables innovation in the manufacture of components for structures for a variety of sectors, complemented by logistics services specialising in those sectors.”


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