The Outer Port of A Coruña
The enclosed position of the inner port within the city, limitations affecting its spaces and the impossibility of expanding to deal with demand from new and larger traffic led to the decision to build a new port, together with social demands to move potentially hazardous or annoying traffic away from the city centre.
The new port facilities of Punta Langosteira, which began operating in September 2012, provide services to international maritime traffic, with large onshore areas available as concessions, offering optimum operational conditions.
The fact that the port of A Coruña specialises in the movement of petrol products and other bulk liquids and solids, requiring large areas for their processing and storage, is a key factor that makes us stand out from other locations, allowing for the arrival of new types of traffic and attracting private investment for the new port infrastructures, together with the gradual transfer of existing operations from the inner port to the new outer port.
The Outer Port, located in the neighbouring council of Arteixo, mainly contains facilities for bulk materials, and has the perfect installations to become a hub for hydrocarbons and other petrol-based energy products.
The commercial offer of the Outer Port is based on three competitive benefits, making it the ideal port for transferring petrol products ashore:
- Its privileged strategic position on the main international maritime routes for petrol products.
- Ideal conditions to become a hub for hydrocarbons and petrol products, with drafts of up to 24 metres, where up to three jetties with 10 mooring points can be built, suitable for even VLCC vessels, thus allowing for economies of scale.
- Large onshore areas, with 178 hectares already available, which will be extended to 250 hectares to allow for the development of new business.
Another important factor to consider in the case of bulk solid traffic, and especially agri-food products, based on the economies of scale they can produce for operators, is the fact that much larger volume cargos can be moved, with the subsequent reduction in costs.
The commercial strategy of the Port Authority, mainly focused on attracting new traffic, is also based on carrying out actions designed to position the new port, promoting its potential as a worldwide logistics platform in specific sectors, and on finding and identifying new investors, attracted by business opportunities and the benefits offered by a location with a high potential for inter-port competition.
This transformation that has affected the port of A Coruña, involving the construction of the new Outer Port, with the respective optimum road connections and necessary reserve of industrial land in the surrounding area, will be extremely positive for the city, the metropolitan area and the port community alike, if we take advantage of this unique opportunity to compete in equal conditions to attract new traffic and business opportunities, thereby guaranteeing the cost effectiveness of the investments made and the sustainability of the port, as a driving force behind the socioeconomic growth and development of the region of Galicia.
A Coruña now has an ultra-modern, latest generation port, more than twice the size of the existing inner port, which has been designed with its sights set firmly on the future, with infrastructures and spaces created for the long term, with the aim of satisfying demands for port services and maritime transportation requirements for the next 50 years.