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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Port Of Valencia, Spain

 
The Port of Valencia is the capital of Valencia Province and the historic capital of the Kingdom of Valencia. Located on the Mediterranean coast in eastern Spain at the mouth of the Turia River, it is surrounded by rich orchards. It is Spain’s third largest city and is part of the Costa del Azahar industrial area.


In 2007, almost 800 thousand people lived in the city proper, and over 1.7 million people called the metropolitan area home. Until the mid-1990s, the Valencia was an industrial center. Since that time, it has undergone much development, focusing on its culture and tourism resources. Today, its old landmarks have been restored and the Port of Valencia’s beaches and cultural districts have been renovated. The Port of Valencia holds many convention centers and 5-star hotels to assure that guests are comfortable and satisfied with their stay in the Port of Valencia. In 2007, Valencia hosted the America’s Cup, and it was the site of the 2008 Formula I Grand Prix of Europe.


The Port of Valencia is the largest seaport in Spain and in the Mediterranean Sea basin, with an annual traffic capacity of around 57 million tonnes of cargo (2009) and 4,210,000 TEU's (2010). The port is also an important employer in the area, with more than 15,000 employees who provide services to more than 7,500 ships every year.




The Port of Valencia is the biggest port on the western Mediterranean coast. In 2008, when it handled 20% of all Spanish exports, it was the first port in Spain for container traffic and the second in total traffic. The major exports moving through the Port of Valencia are foods, ceramic tiles, textiles, furniture, fans, and iron products.
Valenciaport includes Valencia, Sagunto, and Gandia, all managed by the Valencia Port Authority (PAV). Valenciaport covers 80 kilometers on the Mediterranean shore. Under Spain’s Ministry of Development, the PAV is responsible for developing, managing, operating, and marketing the Port of Valencia.


In 2003, almost 35 million tons of cargo passed through Valenciaport. It had more container traffic than any other Spanish port. It also handles passengers. In 2003, the Port of Valencia welcomed 69 port calls and 58,220 cruise passengers.


Valenciaport covers an area of about 600 hectares and contains more than 12 thousand meters of quay, with four thousand meters with alongside depth of 14 meters or more. It is equipped with modern facilities and equipment to handle the large volumes of traffic through the Port of Valencia.


The Port of Valencia receives increasingly more cruise traffic. In 2005, it had 110 port calls and more than 106 thousand cruise passengers. With regular traffic from the Balearic Islands and Italy, the Port of Valencia welcomed almost 336 thousand passengers in 2005.


Valenciaport offers specialized facilities for all kinds of cargo. It has over four thousand meters of berthing space with depths of at least 14 meters to handle the largest containers and general cargo. It also has more than three thousand meters of berthing space at depths between 9 and 16 meters and storage capacity for more than 300 thousand cubic meters of solid and liquid bulk cargoes.

The modern Valenciaport contains more than 12 thousand meters of docks with alongside depth up to 17 meters. It has 30 gantry cranes for handling containerized and non-containerized goods and about 300 hectares of tank area. These facilities are complemented with a sophisticated network of road and rail links to the area’s main production centers and to the rest of Spain and Europe and to the local international airport.



The general goods terminals at the Port of Valencia include 3.9 thousand meters of berthing line with alongside depths from nine to 14 meters. The public container terminal includes 1.8 thousand meters of berthing line with alongside depth of 16 meters. The multi-purpose terminals have 1.8 thousand meters with alongside depth of from seven to 14 meters. The solid bulk terminals offer 1.5 thousand meters of berthing line with alongside depths from 11 to 16 meters.

The Port of Valencia’s combined passenger, cruise, and roll-on/roll-off terminals have 916 meters of berthing line with alongside depths from seven to 11 meters. The roll-on/roll-off terminals offer 577 meters of berthing line with alongside depths from 16 to 17 meters. Liquid bulk terminals’ berthing lines are 435 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters.


The Port of Valencia has other docks for trade and navigation support with a total of 1.4 thousand meters of berthing line with alongside depths from seven to 14 meters. Finally, the fishing docks offer 835 meters of berthing line with alongside depths from three to eight meters

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