Last year’s results for the Port of Barcelona have seen the facility "take a quantum leap to become the fastest-growing European port".
The Port of Barcelona and its terminals are feeling the pressure of larger container ships.
A Catalonian government official has hailed the autonomy of the Port of Barcelona as an example of how the region could succeed independent from Spain.
COMMENT: The European Union-mandated liberalisation of Spain's port services, which generated a period of significant unrest in the sector earlier in the year, is progressively leaving in its wake a changed pattern of container handling along Spain’s Mediterranean coastline.
At a recent meeting in Marseille of the Intermed organisation a series of experts stressed the urgent need to adopt more efficient policies to reduce the impact of logistics and as well as adopting more environmentally friendly ways of moving cargo.
The general assembly of the Spanish owners’ association Anesco has voted against accepting a pre-agreement reached with stevedoring unions, claiming it is anti-competitive and in breach of proposed new government legislation, which the unions oppose.
The Port of Barcelona ended 2016 with new record figures in traffic. The volume of containerised foreign trade cargo, total vehicles and passenger movements reached 1.2m teu, 916,834 units and 3.9m passengers, respectively.
There has been a mixed reaction to a proposal put forward by Spain's National Ports Authority towards the creation of a new “Accessibility Fund”, which would entail port authorities having to surrender 50% of their annual profits each year.
Barcelona, Marseille and Genova have, through the Intermed Association, called on the European Commission to get involved in a debate in respect of funding for the TEN-T network.
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