This month, we will take you to the port of Valencia, located at the east coast of Spain. Due to its strategic location, strength of its hinterland, extensive network of maritime connections and quality as well as reliability of its services, the port of Valencia can be seen as one of the leading ports in the Mediterranean. Let’s have a closer look at this port!

ESPO: Can you briefly tell us about Valenciaport? What are its main characteristics and challenges?

Valenciaport: Valenciaport is a core port of the EU TEN-T Mediterranean Corridor, located on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula in the south of Europe. According to the figures of 2015, it ranks 9th among EU ports in terms of total cargo throughput. It specialises in general cargo, accounting for over 90% of cargo volumes, and in particular containerised cargo which positions Valenciaport as the 5th Container port in Europe and the first in the Mediterranean. November 2016 closed with a total cargo volume of 65.4 million tons, 1.46% more than in 2015, and 4.33 million TEU container traffic, 1.81% more than 2015. We expect record figures by the end of this year, reaching 71 million tons and 4.7 M. TEU, respectively.

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The following national port associations and port administrations are members of ESPO: Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, Croatian Ports Association, Cyprus Ports Authority, Danish Ports, Finnish Port Association, Union des Ports de France (UPF), Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME), Irish Ports Association, Associazione Porti Italiani (Assoporti), Transport Malta, Norwegian Ports, Association Ports of Portugal (APP), Administraţia Porturilor Maritime S.A. Constanţa, Puertos del Estado, Ports of Sweden, British Ports Association / UK Major Ports Group. The following port associations and port administrations are observer at ESPO: Associated Icelandic Ports and Israel Ports Company (AIP).

The following members countries are represented by their ports directly: Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia.

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