Issue 7 2020 - Freight Business Journal


single ship and in a single call between 27 and 30 August during the call by the MSC Sixin. Earlier in October, Alicia Paz

Valencia has become the first Spanish port to handle more than 500,000 containers in a single month, in August. Traffic though the east coast gateway surged during the month, with large increases in containerised construction material – up 14% - and in food products (17%). Traffic in chemical products by 10% and cereals and flour by no less than 116%. Rises in traffic with India –

up 66% - Italy (118%), Morocco (66%), Saudi Arabia (37%) and

Turkey (8.6%) offset falls in the US and China markets to achieve a record of 503,482teu containers loaded


unloaded in a single month. Traffic in August 2020 was up 7%, compared with a near 20% fall in May at the height of the Corona crisis. Most countries with which

Valencia trades showed increases, in fact, reflecting the reactivation of commercial and industrial activity worldwide, said the port.

Access all areas at Port of Barcelona

The Port of Barcelona has signed a protocol with Spain’s Ministry of Public Works and other public bodies to build new road and rail access. The plan includes dedicated lines to the port,

including tracks

capable of handling both Iberian broad gauge trains and

standard gauge rolling

stock used in most of the rest of Europe, electrification and signalling. Road access from the coastal

ring road from the Cornellà junction to the port entrance

will also be improved. The work will however

pose a considerable technical challenge since routes must be built in a small, highly developed area while the terrain is also difficult. Work will start in the coming

months on prior studies and obtaining legal instruments and

agreements to allow

construction to begin In addition the port has

plans to upgrade the Barcelona- Zaragoza rail line to handle 750 metre long freight trains.

Brittany Ferries opened

It may have been a season to forget for passenger traffic, but Brittany Ferries says that freight has kept on rolling this year. Freight traffic has had a steady 2020 and there are positive signs for next year, with several major

customers indicating

that they plan to increase business next year. This could amount to an additional 15% of

freight traffic on the Ireland to Spain link. The company’s newest

vessel, Galicia will enter service in December with a garage hosting more than 3km of lanes or up to 155 trailers. In addition to serving UK

to Spain, Galicia will make one weekly rotation between Portsmouth and Cherbourg.

Galicia tests the water in Portsmouth

Brittany Ferries’ new Galicia ship visited Portsmouth on 13 October for berthing trials ahead of her entry into service in December. She is the longest ship ever

in the Brittany Ferries fleet at 215m, with 3km of lane metres for freight and passenger traffic. She is the first new ship to join the fleet since 2009 and is the first since the company

announced a multi-million euro investment in fleet renewal back in 2017. Galicia will serve the Portsmouth to Santander route, with two weekly rotations, and one return service a week between Portsmouth and Cherbourg. By 2023, Galicia will be joined

by the Salamanca and Santoña, both powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

a route connecting Ireland with Spain for the first time in 2018. Originally operating from Cork to Santander, the operation became a Rosslare- Bilbao service earlier this year in response to demand from freight customers. says

Brittany that the decision has

borne fruit and demand is expected to continue to grow as more companies in Ireland and the Iberian peninsula look for a Brexit by-pass to escape the UK land-bridge. “The Brittany Ferries freight

team has worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 crisis to guarantee the supply of essential products like food and medicine,” said group freight director Simon Wagstaff. “It’s an important part of our portfolio

because freight

comprises around a quarter of the company’s annual turnover and our customers rely on us to maintain essential cross-border links. Based on the reaction of the marketplace – and the support of our loyal


customers – we are looking forward to a positive 2021.”

In August last year,

Valencia Port handled 470,218 containers, in itself a very high number, it said. This August’s figure also surpassed the historic record for and month, 494,262 reached in July 2019. In a statement, the port of

Valencia said: “The figure is positive and shows change in trend impact

a after of the health

clear the


economic crisis generated by Covid that began in March, and which bottomed out with the

May data with a 19.68% drop in containers.” The turning point in the

downward trend was August, with a positive record in the movement of TEUs recorded virtually across the board.

The number of ships calling

at the port rose from 666 in August 2019 to 752 in August 2020. Another milestone in the

port was the 8,701 containers loaded and unloaded from a

Antolín was appointed as the new secretary general of the Port Authority of Valencia, a post that had been vacant. She brings wide experience in the port sector having developed her professional career in the Ministry of Public Works and Town Planning where she has held different positions as head of State Ports. She has also been a member of the boards of directors at various Spanish ports, including Valencia between 2004 and 2008, and other public companies.

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