Mediterranean: Port-Vendres port traffic ‘boosted’ by new citrus line from Agadir

This is a good news that energizes all commercial port players. From November 14 a new fruit line from Agadir via Port-Vendres and Spain goes into operation, transporting thousands of tons of Moroccan citrus fruits. An excellent seasonal operation that will achieve exceptional annual tonnage while limiting environmental impact.

Increase the efficiency of the stop by demonstrating impeccable organization, tight control and speed of execution. Assets announced by the Catalan Ports Managers, winning maritime transport companies (CMA-CGM). With the just confirmed opening of a new cargo line leaving Agadir via Port-Vendres, the first arrival of a Moroccan ship is announced on Monday 14 November at around 6am. An operation that is performance in the face of competition, accompanied by a large increase in traffic, and employment for sixty local dockers and other staff in the secure enclosure.

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Several advantages

The port tonnage sold in 2021 was the third record in its history. But last September, the flow of bananas and exotic fruits alone already weighed 303,704 tons, a mass that is already ahead of forecasts, and that was without counting innovations. Indeed, according to forecasts, within 5 months, connections with Morocco should increase the trade port’s turnover by 5-7 percent. Moreover, since citrus fruits are not stored on site, 45-foot containers (specific dimensions) are placed directly on trucks at customs through the Saint-Charles market. And that’s not all, according to the charterers’ report: “This weekly Moroccan shuttle reduces CO2 emissions by 75% compared to the route between Agadir and Saint-Charles Market in Perpignan.” Greener activities that will significantly reduce road transport, such as the arrival of a container ship at the border means around 100 fewer trucks!

As dockers know, the appeal of a commercial port in Catalonia is an asset for shipping companies.

As dockers know, the appeal of a commercial port in Catalonia is an asset for shipping companies.

Another important advantage of this line is the guaranteed return cargo, since after unloading the citrus fruit, after three and a half days of transit time (the container spent on the ship between Agadir and Port-Vendres), the connection continues to Barcelona, ​​Algeciras, Tangier and Casablanca. Of course, the management’s goal is the sustainability of this line, because it is difficult to find an alternative to citrus fruits, and the report due next spring will be very important.

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Everyone knows exactly where to drop the load

When it comes to banana shipments, the port of Catalonia remains the French leader. Proudly those responsible, including Cyril Hervieux, Port Director (CCI): “Our strength here is that the ships are expected to unload them, not the other way around! It’s very important to take action as soon as the ship is at the quay. The dockers then set the dynamics with their loaders, with extreme precision. Everyone knows exactly where to place their cargo in one of 17 refrigerators with 18,000 m2 of storage. This management, in all its technicality, shows the motivation and challenge of each of the 400 families that are directly or indirectly economically related to the port’s trade.”

Cyril Hervieux, Director of the Port (CCI) confirms that this year has seen exceptional tonnage, exceeding forecasts.

Cyril Hervieux, Director of the Port (CCI) confirms that this year has seen exceptional tonnage, exceeding forecasts.

Laurent Gauze, president of the Pyrénées-Orientale Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is also satisfied : “this new line is economically very favorable, there will be others! Logistics, port technology, the advantage of landing nearby are undoubted advantages that confirm the need for the third quay to develop and generalize sea transport, especially in the field of fruit and vegetables. Assets that also respects history”.

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