The Board of Directors of the Port Authority has approved awarding the medal of honor to Francisco Toledo, president of the Port Authority of Castellón between September 3, 2015 and February 25, 2020, the date on which he becomes president of the public body Puertos del Estado, a position that he has held for the first time and that ended on December 1, 2021.
This decoration is included in the Regulation of Honorary Distinctions of the Port Authority of Castellón, which in its article 20 establishes the granting of the PortCastelló Medal of Honor “to recognize those individuals or entities, national or foreign, that have contributed in an relevant to the promotion and fulfillment of the goals of the institution”.
In this sense, the Board of Directors has highlighted the work of Francisco Toledo Lobo at the head of PortCastelló, a period in which the Port Authority positioned itself in the Top 10 of the Spanish port system, became the most profitable with respect to its own funds and grew double the average for the port system. Francisco Toledo’s firm commitment to digital transformation and innovation has also been recognized, for his promotion of environmental protection measures in the port area and for managing the implementation of the agreement to improve air quality, which has been a pioneer in national geography. During his stage, the Code of Ethics and Conduct was approved.
As president of Puertos del Estado, he has been the promoter of its new Strategic Framework, the drafting of the new stowage regulations and the expansion of staffing. His drive for cybersecurity actions and the Ports 4.0 project, which has been a complete success during its first call, is recognized.
During his mandate, a decree-law was approved with reductions in rates and payment deferrals to alleviate the effect of COVID-19 on the port sector. An ambitious five-year plan for productive investments in the port system was also approved, endowed with more than 4,500 million euros to modernize the system and make it more competitive, without forgetting the impetus it gave for the improvement of rail accessibility in PortCastelló, as demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Spain by allocating 166 million euros through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism.
The president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Rafa Simó, has assured that it is “a fair recognition for his work, his work and his commitment to PortCastelló and at the head of Puertos del Estado, becoming the first person from Castellón in history to chair this public body.
Francisco Toledo will receive this distinction during the celebration of the VII Faro PortCastelló Awards