SPANISH MARITIME NEWS (IV)
1- EUROPEA ECOBOND
The Spanish State Port Authority intends to launch an Europea EcoBond in order to promote short sea shipping in the Western Mediterranean. This project, which will be presented to the mechanism “Connecting Europe”, involves the participation of Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, and aims at implementing a system of subsidies to the carrier who chooses to use the sea motorway instead of travelling by road.
2. - SPANISH SHIPPING SERVICES: ONE-STOP SHOP
The Spanish State Port Authority plans to launch a new one-stop shop by the end of April. This shop, which will be implemented through the DUEPort technological platform, will be destined to manage in a uniformed and simplified way manifests of cargo, summary statements and other documents required by the Spanish authorities whenever a ship calls at a Spanish port.
3.- SPANISH PORTS: RECORD IN 2014
The traffic of goods in Spanish Ports has increased by 5.1% in 2014 summing up 468.267.581 MT. In short, solid bulk experienced a growth of 11.7% (89.6 MT); liquid bulk, 6% (160.9 MT) and general merchandise, 2.1% (217.8 MT). On the other hand, the traffic of passengers hardly suffered any significant variation.
4.- GEFCO’s SUBSIDIARY: INCREASE OF ACTIVITY
The Spanish subsidiary of the Gefco Group, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, will focus its main commercial efforts to strengthen its maritime, air and logistic activities in order to complete a more global coverage, including, among other things, growing up in Eastern Europe.
5.- PORT OF ALGECIRAS: PILOT TEST
In the coming days, the port of Algeciras will carry out a pilot test that will simplify administrative procedures. It is an European project called Inte-Transit which consists of a computer system that allows goods for export/import speed up costums procedures without leaving the port area. Through it the Port of Algeciras will improve container monitoring and modernise the organisation of its logistic area.