The works, which have lasted a year and a half and have involved an investment of 28 million euros by the Santander Port Authority, include the renovation of the quay, almost 400 meters long and 16 meters wide, as well as a ramp floating for rolled merchandise and a terminal for passengers and rolled cargo.
The project has consisted of the demolition of the old pier, built between 1928 and 1932, which partially collapsed in 2017, and the construction of a new space built on stilts.
Increase in cruise traffic
This action has served to transfer the regular ferry lines to Maliaño 1-4, freeing up the block dock and the Maritime Station for cruise ship docking, something that will allow the traffic of these vehicles to “double”.
In addition, in parallel to this investment, the Repsol company has installed a liquefied gas supply terminal, which with an investment of 16 million euros will make it possible for less polluting vehicles to refuel in Santander, reducing emissions.
The docks have hosted an act this Friday to inaugurate the renewed platform, attended by the President of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla, the Santander Port Authority, Francisco Martín, or the mayoress of Santander, Gema Igual.
Martín explained that this work abounds in the modernization, optimization of its space and the environmental protection of the Port and the Bay, with the aim of “giving a boost to its infrastructures and offering companies the necessary tools to strengthen their businesses”. .
Investments of 170 million in the Port
Revilla recalled that the works are part of an investment of 170 million euros that will help increase “the number of tons to reach 7 million.”
The president also stressed that the transfer of the ferry terminal will allow the Maritime Station to accommodate the docking of all cruise ships, “which will make Cantabria more attractive as a destination for large shipping companies.”
The director of development and planning of Puertos del Estado, Manuel Arana, also participated in the event, who explained that the investment is part of the strategic vision of this department to improve the competitiveness of port facilities by improving the environmental impact.