The aim is to increase efficiency and to become more competitive, owing to the growth in this type of traffic
The Port Authority of Castellón has brought into operation a new system to increase the efficiency of the unloading of solid bulk cargoes. Port Castelló has decided to introduce this change to the operating system as a result of the constant growth in this type of traffic, mainly as a result of demand from the ceramics industry, and the forecast for the coming months.
In fact Portcastelló closed 2016 now occupies the sixth place in the list of 46 Spanish ports in terms of the the traffic in solid bulks. In the first quarter of 2017 only, there has been a 22% increase in this traffic.
This data reflects the importance of the Port of Castellón in the traffic of solid bulks and the need to make the most efficient use of the space available on the docks, “removing the material as quickly as possible from the public dock side in order not to block the movement of incoming material and to prevent congestion,” according to the President of the Port Authority of Castellón, Francisco Toledo.
With the aim of making optimum use of terminals, from this week on, the Port Authority will ask all vessels carrying solid bulks to include with their docking application a work plan which includes how the material to be unloaded will be removed from the port, a plan which will be followed from the moment unloading begins until the cargo has been removed completely. The aim is to ensure that no difficulties are created for the next vessel to dock.
Francisco Toledo has emphasised that the improvement in the ceramic sector and its reliance on the Port of Castellón for its imports of raw materials should be accompanied by an optimum use of terminal and its facilities. “Until now there has been no obligation to remove material in a fixed time , but the growth in this sector forces us to be more efficient and to react immediately to ensure that unloading procedures are as efficient as possible,” Toledo concluded.