The Port Authority of Santander, together with the rest of the Port Community and the institutions of Cantabria, celebrated the milestone of 7 million cars having travelled through the port.
The port, an important figure that consolidates Santander as a benchmark for this type of traffic, reflects the importance that its infrastructure has acquired for brands around the world. The President of the Port Authority of Santander, Jaime González; the Executive Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Automobiles and Trucks (ANFAC), Mario Armero; and the President of Cantabria, Miguel Angel Revilla attended the celebratory event. All of them highlighted the importance of the effort of the agents involved that has turned the port into one of the most important centres for logistics of the automotive sector in Spain.
The President of the APS highlighted some of the challenges and changes that the port faces in this sector. Among them are the adaptation of the port to the changing needs of the automotive sector as well as the transport and logistics sector, to better serve the advent of electric vehicles and sustainable mobility. The ports also believe that the need of the hour is digitisation of systems, as is also the implementation of technologies such as Blockchain and Big data.
The year 2017 closed with 492,168 handled units, which was a new record for the Port of Santander. Moreover, imports increased in comparison to exports, which led to the port achieving very good results. As for the year 2018, it is expected that vehicle handling figures will be similar or even higher when compared to 2017.
Despite the competition from other ports of the Cantabrian Cornice, the forecasts of increased traffic have to be dealt with new design solutions that provide bigger spaces For this reason, the APS is working on a new design of the car terminal that allows the handling of 600,000 cars annually, at optimal service and quality levels.
To do this, the completion of construction on Raos 9 terminal will be critical. This will provide great versatility and capacity building and the start of the prerequisites for the construction of vertical storage structures work cars. This installation will allow sustainable development of a port that will support adequate requirements of the sector and a necessary diversification of supply port traffic.
Throughout the history of the port, almost all of the brands operating in the Spanish automobile market have used the Port of Santander. Renault, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Honda, Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Opel, Audi, Mini, Skoda, Dacia, Iveco, Seat, Peugeot, etc. are some of the automakers that have contributed different volumes to reach the 7 million vehicles milestone along the years.
The global offer of the car terminal can be summarised as:
- 1 km of berthing line divided into three piers with three RoRo ramps, two of them with high capacity. The Raos 8 pier is dedicated to transoceanic vessels, with capacity to accommodate up to three car-carriers. On the other hand, Raos 7, specialises in short sea shipping.
- More than 600,000 square metre is dedicated to the transit and storage of automobiles
- Three PDI facilities (pre-delivery centres)
- Specialised railway terminal with 4 tracks with capacity for trains over 600 m.
- High quality handling and storage conditions including surveillance systems with megapixel technology, environmental control, etc.
- ANFAC certification for new vehicle traffic.
From the maritime point of view, the participation of large shipping companies such as Wallenius & Wilhelmsen and Höegh Autoliners plays a decisive role in vehicle traffic, as well as specialised shipping companies in the Short Sea Shipping, such as UECC, EML and Suardíaz or more recently Neptune Lines.
On the other hand, and taking into account the terrestrial connectivity, the railway also has a great importance. Companies such as Tranfesa, Semat, or operators such as Pecovasa or COMSA, Renfe allow the maritime-rail mode to reach quotas of more than 50%, in the case of exports.
All this, added to the presence of the main terrestrial logistics operators of the sector (BAL, CAT, Síntax Logística, Transfesa, Gefco) and the arrival of regular lines operated by shipping companies specialising in the transport of cars such as EML, Neptune Lines, Höegh Autoliners, UECC, VW Konzernlogistik, Wallenius & Wilhelmsen and Hyundai Glovis allow connecting the Port of Santander with the five continents and serving more than 30 markets.