The Port Authority of Valencia said that it continues to work for the adaptation of its three container terminals to the last-generation mega-boats with capacity for up to 20,000 TEUs. The works, which are expected to be completed by the summer of 2018, aim to increase the maximum quota of the three terminals to 17 and 18 meters deep.
When the works are completed, the port of Valencia will have 1,900 meters of dock adapted for the reception of ships of up to 20,000 TEUs at full load, which will allow it to attend four ships of these characteristics simultaneously.
Moreover, in order to guarantee the operability and maneuverability of these mega-boats, the port of Valencia will undertake works to dredge the surface of the port, increasing the capacity of the port in three million containers more. This project complies with all the environmental requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement of the northern extension of the site.
The port of Valencia already receives vessels of these characteristics in a timely manner. Last Wednesday, it received the MSC Oliver scale and in April, MSC Istanbul and Emma Maersk, both 400 meters in length , concurred simultaneously. The works being undertaken increase the frequency of these vessels by allowing their scale at full load.
This project is expected to allow the Port of Valencia to consolidate as a stopover in the Mediterranean for these large megabucks on their routes East – North America.