Portuguese port touts gateway claims with significant new berth additions

Portuguese port touts gateway claims with significant new berth additions

A port just to the south of Lisbon is trying to position itself as a gateway to Europe with significant new berthing capacity announced. The Port of Setubal, located 40 km south of the Portuguese capital and run by local company Blue Atlantic, has announced plans to build an 800 m long quay capable of berthing tow panamax vessels concurrently.

“This development would transform the commercial potential of the seaport facility accommodating multi-purpose vessels including containers, bulk and cargo carriers,” Fernando Fernandes, Blue Atlantic project lead, said.

The 96-hectare site is linked to Portugal’s main highway system and permission has been granted to build a rail line that would link it to the country’s rail network.

 “The sea is regarded as a national plan for the future and the country has a firm strategy to promote maritime transport, naval construction, fishing and fish processing, among other activities,” Fernandes said, adding: “There has never been a better time to invest in Portugal and its key port locations such as Setubal which benefit from strong trade relationships with Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany. We are also witnessing a surge in business activity with the CPLP countries (Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries) – which form a market of 250m consumers. Any business looking to place their operation at Blue Atlantic could capitalize on long established trade connections with the likes of Angola and Brazil opening up gateways to broader markets across Africa and South America.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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