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The port of Barcelona has new Short Sea Shipping connections with Italy and North Africa

Date: 07/09/2017

Due to the notable increase in traffic with Italy and North Africa, the port of Barcelona has begun to offer new connections from Short Sea Shipping, SSS, to these destinations.

Thus, between January and July 2017, 6% more Intermodal Transportation Units (ICUs) have been loaded at the port. The traffic with Italy is the most outstanding, with 80,172 UTIs handled in the first seven months of the year, representing an increase of 8% compared to 2016.

In terms of passenger movement, it has grown by 11%, notably a 52% increase in the number of people using the connections to North Africa. The changes made to the routes, as well as the new regular lines that have been launched in recent months, have favoured this improvement.

New weekly services

In June, ENTMV-Algérie Ferries has launched a weekly service for passengers and vehicles between the port of Barcelona and Mostaganem , in Algeria. One of the factors of success lies in the quality of the service offered on land, which in the case of the Catalan installation, is carried out in the ferry terminal of the pier San Bertrán, operated by Trasmediterránea.

In addition, the Grandi Navi Veloci, GNV, which operates routes between the Italian port of Genoa and the Moroccan port of Tangier-Med, has reinforced the four weekly services it offers in Tangier with another between Barcelona and the Moroccan port of Nador . The ship GNV Atlas, with 161 meters in length and capacity for 2,500 passengers, is in charge of covering this line.

For its part, Grimaldi Lines continues to offer its weekly services between Barcelona and Tangier-Med, to which are added regular lines with the Italian ports of Livorno, Civitavecchia, Porto Torres and Savona.

Source: Cadena de Suministro

 
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