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MANUEL GARCÍA: “THERE ARE NEEDS IN THE MARKET AND WE AIM TO CATER FOR THEM”

2 February 2024


The Director of the Port of Castellon, Manuel García, outlined the opportunities afforded by the Port of Castellon at the most recent meeting hosted by the Propeller Club Castelló, an association which brings together the leading businesses and professionals in the port, logistics and foreign trade sectors and the Castellon port community.
He mentioned the new expansion area at the South Dock which makes Castellon the port with the most land available in the entire Mediterranean arc and “gives us considerable ability to compete and pull in businesses”. Manuel García pointed out that the enclosing breakwater for the confinement area at the dock is to be completed this year which will mean gaining 420,000 square metres from the sea. This space comes in addition to the 350,000 square metres already available. “There are needs in the market and we aim to cater for them,” he said.
He underscored PortCastelló’s commitment to diversification and attracting new markets. “We have to leverage our specialisation in solid bulk which is a competitive advantage for us,” he argued.
He also noted the investments in road and rail connectivity “which will enable us to continue growing our turnover and services”. He further referred to the review of the Trans-European Transport Network Regulation whereby the Port of Castellon is now included on the core transport network map.
The Port Authority of Castellon has approved its Business Plan which envisages €378 million in investment over the next five years. “We have very exciting projects and we are convinced of the Port of Castellon’s potential.”
He additionally spoke about the new logistics area to be developed around PortCastelló, referring to Parc Castelló, which “will enable new companies to set up shop and drive the area’s economic growth.”
The Director of the Port of Castellon alluded to the Port Authority of Castellon’s new Strategic Plan. “It will be pivotal in the ecological and energy transition and will continue to unlock blue growth.” The plan delivers follow-through to its predecessor that concludes this year and aims to steer the port area’s action plans anchored in market research which factors in the port’s strengths and weaknesses.

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