The harvest after two years of intense work in the port of Cadiz

One year ago, the port of Cadiz has set targets for 2022 which, ambitious, were exceeded twelve months later. One is measured in numbers: achieving a movement of 5.5 million tonnes of goods, which places us among the most dynamic ports in the state network, with an average increase of nearly 20% per month compared to 8% for the rest.

At the same time, they recovered almost to 100% of data from cruise passengers before the pandemic (for 2023 the number of ships planned is spectacular: 373), consolidating us as the main tourist port in the south of the peninsula.

The work carried out in the last two years, despite the harmful effects of the pandemic and the exasperating slowness of the administration, will also allow Cadiz to have two platforms connected to the freight train and with the Central Mediterranean Corridor, dual track and fully electrified, passing most of the southern ports, including Huelva and Algeciras, which carry more business than that of Cadiz.

Teófila Martínez, president of the Port Authority, referred to all this during the traditional summary of the year and the announcement of future actions for the coming year. A good harvest after two seasons of intense work.

The port begins the year with its port plan initially approved. An incentive that is going to be used to try to enter the European network of ports that the State has only included, from the whole south, only Huelva and Algeciras, despite the fact that these institutions do not have as many communications as Cadiz.

“We prepared for compete as fairly as possible, in our commitment to make the port a modern enterprise, generating jobs and beneficial to its environment. Now we are ready to fight for our presence on this network, because having a railway that reaches the quay makes us more competitive,” said Martínez.

The big figures with which this year will end They will increase considerably when the train to La Cabezuela and the new container dock are fully operational. The railway network will be ready at the end of 2023 before the mandatory technical tests, while the quay, although part of it could already start operating, will have to wait until the access tunnel is ready and the transfer of the Reina Sofía , so we are also in 2024.

In other words, next year it will maintain same rhythm of performances for the year which ends in two weeks, but you will see how vital infrastructure operations close for the immediate future of the Port Authority of Cadiz.

The second phase of the new terminal It now comes up against the compulsory approval of the environmental plan, which must be ratified by the supervisory ministry. The APBC transmitted the dredging project for the access channel to the ministry a year and a half ago, without any response having been received to date.

In any case, 8 hectares remain to be filled in order to increase the mooring line by an additional 400 metres. The president specifies that if this approved document had been received in good time and form, the new phase of the terminal could already have been executed. “It’s all long-distance running that sticks out your tongue,” Martínez explained.

Meanwhile, work on the train to La Cabezuela is progressing, “which will allowr increase the capacity to move goods in this wharf with bulk and by committing to environmental sustainability with the use of rail transport”.

At the same time, the market will be offered the possibility of using a Ro-Ro ramp which connects the cold goods directly with the train at the foot of the platform, while there are warehouses for the storage of these goods.

In El Puerto, an 80,000 square meter concession will be launched in the left bank of the Guadalete river.

“With all this (as well as the new relations with the countries of America and Europe; the commissioning of a twice-weekly line with Northern Europe and the advancement of the digitization plan), we haves already the path mapped out for the port to be a real job-generating business and added value to your business. This effort is worth it because we are going to be a fundamental part of the logistics map of southern Spain,” predicts Martínez.


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