Creating a haven for business and pleasure at Andalusian port

The Port of Algeciras on the perimeter of Isla Verde will have its facilities extended under this project, in response to the growing volumes of traffic and goods passing through.

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With 200 000 passengers every year, the aim is to capitalise on this and achieve even greater diversification of clients in container traffic and petroleum product movements, increasing the volume of both, at the same time developing esplanades and rail and road networks for the enjoyment of visitors and residents.

Plugging the capacity gap

The Port of Algeciras is part of the TEN-T network, a Category A port with annual traffic in excess of a 1.5 million tonnes or 200 000 passengers. According to the Strategic Plan and the Infrastructure Master Plan of the Bay of Algeciras Port Authority, the existing facilities are not sufficient enough to handle both current and future traffic, which could ultimately lead to business being taken to other ports and potentially to non-Community ports. To address this, efforts are focused on major developments of the port and surrounding areas.

Residents of Algeciras city (116 000) will be the main beneficiaries of the project, with new and improved esplanades and a wastewater treatment plant for the municipality. The entire province of Cadiz (1 230 000) also stands to gain, with 275 direct jobs created during the development stages and some 767 once the facilities are up and running.

Development covering all bases

The overall project was divided into 3 stages: Stage 1: Isla Verde Exterior (completed in 2000); Stage 2: Quay and esplanade outside the dock adjacent to Isla Verde (completed in 2008 and co-financed under the Cohesion Fund); and Stage 3: Port and ancillary infrastructures in Isla Verde Exterior.

The main infrastructure works include constructing the breakwater, lengthening the East Quay and the Southern enclosure, extending esplanades, building defences on the East Quay, developing the public area and pile wharf (Stages A and B), improving roadways and preparing surfaces.

The project will result in new esplanades covering some 51 ha, about 1 kilometre of new mooring lines, almost 3 kilometres of protection works, 2.5 kilometres of new road access and 2.6 kilometres of new rail access, together creating an efficient and more accessible port facility.

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