The South Pier of the Port of Huelva Expands Its Capacity for Container Storage and Logistics
The YILPORT Huelva terminal completes a container storage yard extension of 50,000 square meters of total area, planned to take on new operations as from today. Huelva, 5 November 2020.- The Port Authority of Huelva and the port operator YILPORT, have presented the new extension of the yard of the container terminal located in the South Pier of the Port of Huelva.
With these new facilities of an additional 20,000 square meters, the South Pier already has a total of 50,000 square meters of the total area for container storage, being ready to take on new operations immediately. The new area will connect directly to the railway track and the multimodal connection of the Atlantic Corridor.
According to Pilar Miranda, President of the Port Authority of Huelva, "This expansion responds to the growth of traffic in contained goods that the port is experiencing, whose numbers continue to increase even at this time of the pandemic, accumulating more than an 18% increase until September."
In addition, she has indicated that "This is another example of public-private collaboration for the benefit of our business fabric", and thankful to "YILPORT Huelva and Director Ignacio RODRÍGUEZ, to have approached next to the Port of Huelva this interesting growth project, whose forecasts we are becoming a reality, facilitating the entry and exit of more and more goods, in an agile way, through different modes of transport."
For his part, the General Manager of YILPORT Huelva, Ignacio RODRÍGUEZ, has emphasized that it is the "start of a long-term collaboration with the Port of Huelva, which will develop in different phases, attracting new traffic to Huelva and its area of influence". In addition, he has nuanced that "We will have additional equipment and new personnel to reinforce all the services that we are giving right now, fortifying our chain of terminals that represent the entire Atlantic facade of the Iberian Peninsula and promoting the business sector of Huelva and its area of influence to export to new destinations and markets."
To this action of extension of the container yard, next year will be added the completion of the expansion work of the South Pier, which is currently being implemented by the Port. Authority, and which will put into service an additional 525 meters of a dock, which will allow expanding in the future the container terminal to more than 22 hectares.
In this way, the intermodal platform of the South Pier, together with the projects currently being developed by the Port of Huelva, such as the new ZAL or the Logistics Hub of the Cold, will represent an excellent export opportunity for the main business sectors of Huelva and its environment, which from the South Pier will be able to export their goods to any destination in the world, having a railway terminal at the foot of the pier through which we connect weekly goods with Madrid and the rest of the peninsula.
In this sense, the Port of Huelva will start operating in the coming weeks a new maritime connection through the Maersk company, which will allow the contained general cargo and the fruit and vegetable products of Huelva and Extremadura mainly, to be exported to any country in the world. The shipping company will put into service a feeder type vessel that will depart weekly from the Port of Huelva bound for the ports of Algeciras and Leixões (Oporto, Portugal), and then return to Huelva. In addition, Maersk is also considering including within this rotation the port of Tangier Med II to also connect Huelva with another transshipment port.