The president of the Huelva Port Authority (APH), Pilar Miranda, announce that the port will launch new regular lines with the United Kingdom and Morocco in 2022. These lines will be very important because they will allow the province to export much more raw material and agri-food products at a time when trucks are having many problems, she added.
Miranda said the port had requested becoming a Schengen border to have the possibility of moving international passengers and have more regular lines. This would allow the women who come from Morocco to work in the berry sector to leave the country through Huelva, which means that they, and the businessman they came with, wouldn't have to get up four hours earlier to go to the Port of Algeciras.
The president of the APH also said they expected the regular line with the United Kingdom would become operational in January and that international passengers could use it by the middle of the year. "To do this, we must become a Schengen border so that we can transport both passenger and freight traffic," she reiterated.
She also said that they were carrying out important environmental work at the Juan Gonzalo Engineer Wharf to make port operations more sustainable and more respectful of the environment. The work includes the renewal of the sanitation network, the pavement, and the electrical network. In addition, they are in talks with companies to implement important green hydrogen projects in the port, and to start the concession procedures shortly.
The Port of Huelva is the second-biggest growing port in the last ten years among Europe's 30 main ports, she stated. In 2020, the port moved 30 million tons of merchandise, a volume that has already been surpassed this year.
The port is an 'economic engine' for the region, she said. "All companies in the port area sector create 25,500 direct, indirect, or induced jobs, which accounts for 12.5% of the province's employment and 0.8% of the employment in Andalusia."