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*The interview made by the Port Authority of Ceuta appears on pages 38-39.

Strait-talking. Ceuta Port-profile

The Strait of Gibraltar is a highly competitive bunker market with four key ports vying to capture business. Lesley Bankes-Hughes reports on how the Port of Ceuta is taking steps to optimise and grow its marine fuel operations.

Located in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in North Africa, the Port of Ceuta is a
key port and bunker supply location in the Strait of Gibraltar. One of shipping’s main chokepoints, the Strait of Gibraltar is at the crossroads of East-West/North-South trade lanes, with over 100,000 vessels passing
through the channel each year. As such, the demand for bunkers is strong but competition for this business is fierce and the Port of Ceuta, in looking to build its market share and capture new customers, must compete with the neighbouring ports of Tanger Med and, across the Strait to the North, the ports of Gibraltar and Algeciras.

In an interview with Bunkerspot, the Port Authority of Ceuta said its future focus will be on improving the competitiveness of the port through infrastructure investment and modernising its fuel supply facilities. In terms of growing its marine fuel business, the port authority said: ‘Our goal is to retain the supply market for medium-sized vessel which is one of our specialisations. We are also looking to take advantage of emerging market opportunities and introduce supply operations in the bay for larger tonnage’. In the future, the por t is looking to develop infrastructure to accommodate
Panamax-size vessels up to 77,000 DWT and with a draft of 12.5 metres. Cargo volumes have increased at the Port
of Ceuta in recent years. In 2019, throughput increased 2.1% year on year and volumes totalled 2.5 million tons. Liquid bulk cargo handling, including oil products, is a mainstay of the port’s operations and liquid bulk currently accounts for a third of all throughput. In 2019, liquid bulk cargo (loaded and unloaded) totalled 872,261 tons.

The construction of new berthing at the Poniente (Western) dock has also enabled the port to receive tankers up to 227 metres long and with a 12.5 metre draft. The expansion of the port’s facilities to accommodate larger tonnage also extends to the cruise ship sector, where construction work at the Muelle España (Spain Quay) has enabled Ceuta to receive cruise ships of 300 metres in length and with capacity for over 3,000 passengers.

Cruise ship passenger numbers at the port have remained relatively constant in recent years. While the Port Authority notes a recent slight decline in the number of cruise ship calls, it highlights that larger cruise ships with greater passenger capacity are now visiting the port. The cruise ship business is expected to grow at Ceuta and the Port Authority says it is actively working to promote Ceuta as a hub for cruise ship calls.

In terms of its marine fuel business, the port has seen a steady growth trajectory for supply volumes in recent years. In 2019, it recorded an increase of 5% over the year before, reaching a total of 772,500 metric tonnes (mt), and
the growth has been reflected in both the number and the size of ships supplied with fuel. In the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, the Port of Ceuta supplied around 200,000 mt of marine fuel, putting it in fourth place in a ranking of Spanish ports’ supply volumes. The number of vessel calls at Ceuta is also on the rise: in 2019 there were 11,085 calls at the port – the first time that the milestone of 75 million GT had been exceeded. An increase in the number of passenger vessels operating on regular schedules between Ceuta and Algeciras contributed to the rise in vessel calls.

The number of bunkers-only calls at the port also increased in 2019 – there were 3,101 refuelling stopovers, which was a 5.5% increase over 2018. Bunker supply at the Port of Ceuta is offered by Cepsa, which has its own storage facility, and Vilma Oil, which stores product at the DÚCAR storage facility. Cepsa manages the 100,000 square metre
storage facility of its subsidiary Atlas. This is connected via a pipeline to the Poniente dock and it can supply bunkers at berth or by barge at anchorages in the bay. This terminal receives over 60 ships each year, delivering products such as LNG, gasoline and automotive diesel for the city of Ceuta. It also supplies around 1,500 vessels a year with marine fuel. Cepsa sources its marine fuels from its own refinery at Algeciras.

DÚCAR, where Vilma stores its product, has two storage terminals, DÚCAR 1 and DÚCAR II. DÚCAR 1 is located near the Levante (Eastern) dock at Ceuta and has a total storage capacity of 83,500 cubic metres (cbm) across 11 tanks. DÚCAR II has a total storage capacity of 36,000 cbm across three tanks.

The DÚCAR terminals have heated tanks and they have a hose connection to the Levante and the Poniente docks.
Both DÚCAR terminals currently handle a total 800,000 mt of bunker fuel each year, supplying around 3,400 vessels. Vilma Oil operates the 2009-built Spabunker 40 at the Port of Ceuta. The 2,551 GT barge has a capacity of 2,600 mt of fuel oil and 1,200 mt of marine diesel oil (MDO). In February this year, Cepsa brought the Spabunker 60 into service at the port. Constructed at the Unión Valencia Naval Shipyard, the double-hulled barge has a capacity for 2,300 mt of fuel oil and 700 mt of MDO. The Spabunker 60 supplies fuel to vessels at anchorage and, according to the Port Authority of Ceuta, the addition of the barge has facilitated bunker supply to 40-50 more ships per month.

At the Port of Ceuta, bunker delivery is expipe and by truck and, says the port, these supply options plus barge supply to vessels at anchorage ‘significantly reduce waiting times’. Ahead of the introduction of the 0.50% sulphur
global cap on 1 January, the port prepared to secure supply of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and the port authority says it viewed this as marking a new phase in its strategy to increase bunkering operations.

‘The Port Authority has been developing trade policies aimed at capturing and increasing vessel traffic for some time. So the appropriate steps have been made to achieve this objective by increasing our supply capacity and optimising our services, which is leading to an increase in traffic and, therefore, an improvement in port results,’ it told Bunkerspot.

The first delivery of VLSFO took place on 1 November last year, when Vilma Oil offloaded 34,500 mt from the Swedish vessel, Ridgebury Colette B at the Poniente dock– an operation which took 35 hours to complete. Vilma Oil also undertook the first physical delivery of VLSFO on 7 November, when the Turkish vessel Kurtulus received 90 mt of bunkers. According to the Port Authority, ‘VLSFO as a replacement for high sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) has produced high confidence in the market and the port has increased its commercialisation’.

In the first three months of 2020, some 185,000 mt of low sulphur fuel were supplied to ships at berth and at anchorage – split between VLSFO (125,000 mt) and MGO (60,000 mt). The Strait of Gibraltar is the largest bunker market in the Mediterranean and the second largest in Europe, behind the Amsterdam- Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. While Ceuta has responded to the IMO 2020 mandate by ensuring a consistent supply of low sulphur fuels, the Port Authority also highlighted its price competitiveness in relation to the other Strait of Gibraltar ports.

‘The high competitiveness of our port companies contributes to this, reducing the cost of the services provided and
therefore the final price per tonne,’ it said. In terms of port calls by vessels equipped with scrubbers, the Port Authority noted that: ‘The use of open scrubbers in port waters can be authorised if certain requirements are met, according to published regulations for vessels equipped with these systems. ‘Authorisation may be granted after a favourable report by the Captain of the Port and would be limited to certain areas of the port.’ The port acted quickly to safeguard its operations and ensure business continuity as the coronavirus pandemic began to impact national
economies and global trade in early 2020.

‘The supply of fuel is being carried out without any restriction and under the highest standards of safety and hygiene,’ said the Port Authority. It noted that there has been a 2% reduction in the number of vessel calls at the port during the pandemic, but it says there has not been any marked reduction in bunker volumes. The Port Authority also said that ship inspections are not being carried out at present.

The Balearia-operated vessel, Passio per Formentera, has continued to make 2-3 daily transits to and from Algeciras
during the business week, with one crossing at the weekend. At the time of writing in mid-May, the vessel was carrying only 10%-15% of its cargo capacity and was principally delivering essential goods to Ceuta.

Looking ahead, the Port Authority said it will be taking steps to act on its environmental responsibilities. It currently has provision for shore power for small vessels at the Muelle España and is developing strategies to monitor water and air quality. It has also implemented energy efficiency measures through, for example, the acquisition of electric vehicles for operations within the port environment.

The Port Authority of Ceuta applies new economic measures to reduce the economic effects of covid-19 and support companies in the port community.

The Port Authority of Ceuta continues to work on the application of the new measures the Government has just approved in Royal Decree Law 15/2020, of 21 April, on complementary urgent measures to support the economy and employment due to the crisis caused by the Covid-19.

These measures complement the previous Resolution sent by the public entity ”State Ports” (Puertos del Estado), which indicated a series of recommendations in economic matters, recruitment matters, staff matters and administrative measures, for the port authorities due to the crisis created by COVID-19 , measures relative to the increase in the term of payment of port rates, the granting of payment deferrals under more advantageous conditions, the review of the minimum traffic provided in the authorization titles, the review of the payment terms to suppliers, a set of actions that the Port Authority of Ceuta has been applying since last March within the framework of the State Ports recommendations and in application of Royal Decree-Law 7/2020, of 12 March, by which urgent measures were adopted to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19 and Royal Decree-Law 8/2020 , of March 17, of extraordinary urgent measures to face the economic and social impact of COVID-19, with the aim of reducing the effects of Covid-19 among its licensee’s, clients, users, suppliers and other companies that belong to the port community.

The new measures approved by the Cabinet of the Spanish Government include several ones aimed specifically at ports of general interest, including the Port of Ceuta.

The aforementioned measures have been prepared by State Ports with the support of the port authorities and are aimed at companies in the maritime sector, aiming to increase the competitiveness of the port sector, supporting the economy and employment and, therefore, of the productive system.

These measures are mainly intended to alleviate the losses of incomes caused by the reduction in traffic the companies of the port community are experiencing. They are intended to palliate the burden that port fees represent on the operating account of these companies, while facilitating the payment by increasing the terms and reducing the pressure on the liquid assets of these companies.

The approved measures are the following:

– MEASURES WITH RESPECT TO THE MINIMUM REQUIRED IN TRAFFIC OR ACTIVITY

This measure is aimed at companies located in the port’s service areas. The Port Authorities, in accordance with the powers attributed by the Consolidated Text of the Law of State Ports and the Merchant Navy, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 5/2011, of September 5, may reduce the minimum traffic and the level of minimum activity required for the year 2020, thus avoiding penalties for non-compliance with these minimums. These measures will avoid economic penalties for non-compliance with these minimums, which is not attributable to companies but rather a consequence of the health crisis.

– MEASURES REGARDING THE OCCUPANCY RATE

This measure is complemented by the previous one. It is also aimed at companies that are members of the port community and many of them provide services that are considered essential.

From a quantitative point of view, this measure has the greatest economic impact. The passenger terminals are differentiated from the rest, in order to be able to increase the reduction in the occupancy fee up to 60 percent, while for the rest of the authorisations, the maximum will be 20 percent, given the enormous impact they have had in the traffic of passengers the measures regarding the mobility and the suspension by decree-law of the regular services.

– MEASURES REGARDING THE VESSEL RATE

This measure is aimed at shipowners and shipping companies who are present in the port and who are being seriously affected by the COVID-19 crisis. All vessels that have been forced to dock or anchor in a port because of an order from the competent authority are exempt from the payment of the ship fee. In addition to this, even if no such order is given, if it were necessary to dock in a port resulting in a long stay, a reduction in the rate is applied from the first day of its berthing, which can reach 30 percent in the first week. This case occurs with cruises that are inactive and require a long stay in a port until they become operational again. A fee reduction is also applied to ships providing port services. Lastly, the application of a 10 percent reduction in the basic amount is contemplated, during the time that the state of alert is in effect, of all those vessels related to short distance transports. In the case of regular maritime passenger service or ro-ro cargo, that reduction will be 50 percent. This reduction responds to the need to provide support and guarantee the continuity of maritime transport services that serve as ‘compulsory’ mobility in the maritime environments of the Spanish coast, both those of a national nature (maritime connections to the Canary Islands / Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla and inter-island mobility, among others) such as the rest of short-distance maritime transport and sea passages with third countries, including the flow passage through the Strait.

-MEASURES OF DEFERRAL OF LIQUIDATIONS OF RATES

Port Authorities may grant payment deferrals of up to six months in the liquidation of port rates, without accruing delay interest or requiring additional guarantees.

– PASSENGER TERMINALS

Given that the reductions to the occupancy rate provided in this decree can reach 60 percent in the case of maritime terminals, with the clear intention of avoiding that this can produce an economic imbalance in port authorities that depend largely on this passenger traffic flows, it is established that the Inter-port Compensation Fund (FCI) can compensate those port authorities under the aforementioned conditions, either in this year or in year 2021.

These measures go together with those that the Port Authority of Ceuta has been applying since last March 18 within the framework of the State Ports recommendations and in application of Royal Decree-Law 7/2020, of March 12, by which urgent measures are adopted to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19 and Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, of March 17, on extraordinary urgent measures to face the economic and social impact of COVID-19, with the aim of reducing the effects of the Covid-19 among its licensee’s, clients, users, suppliers and other companies that belong to the port community.

The Port Authority of Ceuta wants to value the Decree approved by the Government in a positive way, highlighting that there are a series of measures that will benefit the entire port community that form the Ports of general interest.

The Port Authority informs users that it maintains the activity and teleworking according to the measures established by RD 463/2020 of March 14.

In compliance with the measures agreed by the government in relation to Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, declaring the State of Alert for the management of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the Resolution of March 15 of the Undersecretariat of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda adopting extraordinary measures aimed at reducing face-to-face activity in the department, the Port Authority of Ceuta reports that it will only provide essential services, activating the non-presential work according to the established protocol and suspending all activity except for the General Registry that will be attended for urgent or exceptional cases.

Likewise, the port wants to inform users that it maintains the activity and travellers who have to use the port’s infrastructures, facilities and services must adopt basic protection measures following the instructions of the state security forces, as well as the instructions of the port police service.

It is highlighted that travellers are requested to go to the ferry terminal only to board and they must carry the mandatory documentation issued by the Competent Authority. There is information on shipping companies available through the media and the Port Authority has an information service for the announcement of arrivals and departures of boats accessible from its website:

Regular services

The Port Authority of Ceuta is aware that the Port plays an essential role in guaranteeing passenger traffic and supply for our City in this exceptional State of Alarm, so this entity wants to thank all the groups who belong to the port community for the effort, dedication and the very important work that they are carrying out, day after day, in order to guarantee these essential services in the City of Ceuta.

In the same line, the Port Authority wants to thank the office of the government delegate in Ceuta and the Autonomous City of Ceuta for the willingness and coordination that has been maintained at the local level among the three organizations in the circumstances we are currently experiencing.

Finally, from the Port Authority of Ceuta, we want to send a message of encouragement, in order to guarantee, among all the actors involved, the continuity of basic services and maritime communications, from the most absolute normality and with the greatest efficiency in the management of the resources.

The Port Authority guarantees the maintenance of the port activity during the state of alert declared by RD 463/2020

In compliance with the measures agreed by the government in relation to Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, declaring the State of Alert for the management of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the Resolution of March 15 of the Undersecretariat of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda adopting extraordinary measures aimed at reducing face-to-face activity in the department, the Port Authority of Ceuta reports that it will only provide essential services, activating the non-presential work according to the established protocol and suspending all activity except for the General Registry that will be attended for urgent or exceptional cases.

Likewise, the port wants to inform users that it maintains the activity and travellers who have to use the port’s infrastructures, facilities and services that they must adopt basic protection measures following the instructions of the state security forces, as well as the instructions of the port police service.

Finally, they are requested to go to the ferry terminal only to board or to obtain some information about schedules. There is information on shipping companies available through the media and the Port Authority has an information service for the announcement of arrivals and departures of boats accessible from its website:

Regular services

The Port of Ceuta participates in the IBIA Annual Meeting in London and puts in place its second barge to expand the supply of fuel in bay.

Many professionals from the marine fuel sector meet these days at the forum organized by IBIA – International Bunker Industry Association.

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has celebrated in London, on 24th and 25th February, different meetings and events on the occasion of the “IP Week” International Petroleum Week and, more specifically, on the bunkering industry. This event counts on managers of companies that supply fuel to ships, supply agents, terminal operators, ship agents, maritime professionals etc….

Executives of the Port Authority of Ceuta headed by its President Juan Manuel Doncel, attend as members of this association together with other companies based in the Port of Ceuta, cooperating and participating in the workshops / meetings and traffic promotion of Bunkering in our port.

Some companies such as Petrolífera Dúcar, Cepsa Bunker, Vilma Oil, ship agents and port services accompanied by the Port Authority in these meetings, have attended, participated and established contacts and new business lines with executives of the oil companies, supply agents, operators, international experts and international executives of the sector, an influential group when it comes to making final decisions in the operations of vessel calls in ports.

Otherwise, the Port Authority announced the starting of a second barge that is operating in the port of Ceuta. The ship “Spabunker Sixty” has arrived at the Port of Ceuta to operate with CEPSA as a fuel supply vessel for ships that are anchored in the bay. The port commercial policy and the participation of Cepsa in this business made it possible to double the capacity of fuel supply in the bay.

With this new incorporation, there are already two barges operating in the port of Ceuta. This new barge with 64 meters in length is similar to the “Spabunker Forty”, which is currently in service in our port. The “Spabunker Sixty” is one of the newest of the “Spabunker” series, built in the Unión Valencia Naval Shipyard. It came into service in 2008 and it is a double-hulled barge with a capacity for 2,300 tons of Fuel Oil and 700 tons of diesel.

In this sense, it is estimated that this activity will increase the supply in 40 or 50 more vessels per month. It is a great effort made by the professionals of the Port Authority together with Cepsa so as to attract and increase this traffic, carrying out the necessary steps to achieve this objective through the increase of supplies in the bay, which implies an increase in traffic and, therefore, an improvement in the results and competitiveness of the port of Ceuta.

This work has shown the work carried out since the last meeting held last year, where the commitments acquired by the Port Authority with the operators and the necessary infrastructure investments have favoured the port of Ceuta to close the fiscal year 2019 with 772,000 tons of fuel and an increase of 5% in comparison with the previous year.

To conclude, the Port Authority of Ceuta wants to thank the companies of the port community that have participated and moved from our city: José Salama & Cía, Incargo, Ibérica Marítima Ceuta, Marin-e Shipping Agency, Amarres Ceuta, and Marítima del Estrecho Ceuta, for the firm commitment and collaboration with the Port Authority in all matters related to the sector.

THE PORT OF CEUTA JOINS THE AIVP AGENDA 2030 TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF PORT CITIES.

The president of the Port Authority of Ceuta, Juan Manuel Doncel, has signed with the AIVP (International Association of Port Cities), the membership of the Port of Ceuta to the Agenda 2030 proposed to improve the sustainable development of port cities with regards to industrial innovation, cultural development, sustainable mobility, the fight against climate change, among other aspects.

In the Brundtland Report, written by some nations in 1987 for the UN, the term “sustainable development” was used for the first time. It consists of meeting the needs of the present situation without compromising the needs of future generations. Strongly committed to this principle, the Port Authority of Ceuta has adopted, as a management model, a wider concept of sustainable development, based not only on the conservation of resources, but also on the contribution to the creation of a better world. The actions implemented by this institution are aimed at conciliating economic well-being, the preservation of natural resources and social balance, etc.

In the same line, in the year 2006, the Port of Ceuta was one of the first nationwide to obtain the Certification of the Environmental and Safety Health Management System at work in accordance with the reference standards ISO 14001: 2004 and OHSAS 18001: 1999 standard. Subsequently, in 2011, it obtains the Quality Management System Certification in accordance with the ISO 9001: 2004 reference standard and, finally, in November 2014, it is Certified with the Integrated Quality, Environment and Health and Safety Management System at work according to the aforementioned reference standards. These initiatives of great environmental impact and aligned with a sustainable development model, are complemented by the implementation of the Energy Management System in the front line of the State Port System in terms of energy efficiency and whose Certification according to reference standard 50001: 2011 takes place in March 2016. As a result, mechanisms are provided to establish a high level of self-demanding in the matter that has a significant reduction in supply costs and carbon footprint, contributing favorably to the sustainability of the port system.

In accordance with the firm commitments established in this area, in November 2017, the recertification of the Integrated System of Quality Management, Environment and Health and Safety at Work is obtained in accordance with the reference standard ISO 14001: 2004 and standard OHSAS 18001: 1999 and, in January 2019, the certificate of compliance with the European Port Environmental Review System (PERS) is received. With the attainment of the PERS certification, the Port of Ceuta joins the “EcoPorts” network of ports. In Spain, only seven Port Authorities have the PERS and Ceuta was the eighth to achieve this certification. In December 2019, the Port Authority of Ceuta subjected to an audit obtaining a favourable report for its registration in the EMAS registry “Community Regulation of Eco-management and Eco-Audit, which constitutes an environmental management tool that emanates from the voluntary regulations of the European Union that recognizes those organizations that have implemented an SGMA (Environmental Management System) and have acquired a commitment to continuous improvement, verified by independent audits.

Finally, some days ago, the Port Authority of Ceuta wanted to go a step further in its commitment to a “Sustainable” management model by joining the AIVP (Worldwide Network of port cities) “the only global network which, for more than 30 years, provides a meeting point for all urban and port actors. The AIVP is a privileged witness of the evolutionary changes the different cities and ports of the entire world are experiencing”.

With the AIVP, port cities imagine a more sustainable, responsible and innovative urban, port and economic development. In line with this, the Port Authority of Ceuta has also ratified the AIVP AGENDA 2030 with the purpose of contributing to the sustainable development of port cities. This agenda consists of ten commitments, whose objective is to reduce the environmental impact of port cities, presented to the UN as a contribution of port cities for the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

Each of the ten objectives will be treated from the comprehensive approach proposed by the United Nations Organization in this subject:

Adaptation to climate change anticipating its consequences in port cities.
Energy transition and circular economy, which favours cooperation among local socio-economic actors to link their activities and improve the management of natural resources.
Sustainable mobility that facilitates urban decongesting.
Renewed governance, which establishes the dialogue among all the agents involved, including civil society and promoting a balanced territorial policy between urban uses and active port.
Investment in human capital, which favours professional training in the port area and creates spaces for collaborative experimentation so as to generate new projects.
Port culture and identity, which recovers the pride of belonging to the port city.
Quality food for all people making a sustainable distribution of them.
Port-city interface, reducing the inconvenience the port activity near the urban environment could cause to the inhabitants.
Health and quality of life, related to the improvement in the quality of air and water in the docks, as well as the reduction of noise levels and light pollution.
Protection of biodiversity, both terrestrial and aquatic in the surroundings of the port city.

At present, the Port Authority of Ceuta has carried out some actions aligned with these objectives and plans to be part of the axis of different projects planned in the short and medium term. Some examples are the following:

Adaptation to climate change, health and quality of life: signing of an agreement with the Autonomous City of Ceuta for the improvement of air quality, entry into force of the Instruction for the reduction of hydrogen sulfide emissions into the atmosphere in the oil-bearing products which operates in the Port of Ceuta.
Energy transition and Sustainable mobility: acquisition and installation of LED technology, acquisition of electric vehicles, efficient air conditioning systems at the Maritime Station …
Port-city interface: enclosure project of the Port of Ceuta that will serve to reinforce the security of the port facilities and investments to improve the accessibility of the Maritime Station.
Protection of biodiversity: studies on water quality based on ROM-5.1-13, Recommendation on the Quality of Coastal Waters in Port Areas: physicochemical and biological indicators.

Participation of the Port and Tourist Services of Ceuta in the “International Cruise Summit 2019”.

In its ninth edition, the global cruise industry met again in Madrid on November 27 and 28 to discuss about the future of the sector at the “International Cruise Summit 2019”.

More than 350 delegates from all over the world attended these conferences organized by Cruises News Media group, a company specialized in the promotion, communication and organization of this type of events for the cruise sector.

The Port Authority of Ceuta, together with Ceuta Tourist Services, participated in the “International Cruise Summit 2019”, one of the most prestigious congresses that is already an international reference year after year, where directors and executives of shipping companies, port authorities, tourist destinations, tour operators, consignees, travel agents, suppliers and industry experts meet.

The inauguration was carried out by the Director of CLIA Spain, the Adviser of Tourspain in Miami, and the General Director of tourism of the Community of Madrid who talked to the delegates highlighting the importance of the congress.

During these two days, several round tables and presentations addressed topics such as: “the incipient transformation of the industry”, “gastronomy as a new marketing axis”, “the vision, challenges and trends in shipbuilding”, “Big Data: the new gold of cruise marketing” or “sustainability in the tourist experience in ports and tourist destinations”, among many other topics.

Fostering Spain and its ports as a cruise destination

More than 350 delegates from all over the world attended that event with international speakers from Pullmantur Cruises, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival UK, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, TUI Cruises, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Saga Cruises , Fred Olsen, Marella Cruises, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises, MSC cruises, Blue World Voyages.

This ninth edition helped to enhance the image of Spain as the second European cruise tourist destination and the fourth European market allowing the city of Madrid to be the headquarters of the main international congresses. The sector will close 2019 with a new record of 30 million passengers and in 2020, 22 new ships will be received, an incredible figure that is, practically, 2 ships per month.

On the other hand, the environmental challenge and the industry’s commitment for getting zero future emissions was also part of the debate. In the commitment to reach sustainability, there were reserved spaces to deal with the management of mass tourism, the cycle and contribution of the cruise business to local economies or the detailed analysis of new ship orders until 2027.

Assistance and joint participation of the Port Authority and Tourist Services of Ceuta.

With such assistance, the Port Authority of Ceuta and Tourist Services continue to promote the port and the city of Ceuta, a presence considered of great interest to continue strengthening meetings with the main cruise agents, giving continuity to the contacts established in other forums of the sector.

It is necessary to emphasize the importance that this type of forums have for the development of the cruise segment in the city. It is essential that the Port and the City are present in all those meetings to show strength and growth.

Participation of the Port of Ceuta in an event organized by CLIA (International Association of Cruise Lines)

The representation of the Port of Ceuta, headed by its Commercial and Marketing Director, was present in a day prior to the summit, when he held meetings with delegates of the main shipping companies and other professional of this association which includes the main lines of cruise ships worldwide, presenting the advantages offered by the Port of Ceuta.

Finally, it should be noted that the Port and the City are planning new objectives to continue promoting this traffic in upcoming forums and international fairs, with a presence in professional associations of the cruise industry that will report new calls and visits for the benefit of the economy and the tourist sector.

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For further information: www.internationalcruisesummit.com