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Noatum has opened the expansion and improvement of the berth called ‘Muelle de Costa’ at its ‘Noatum Container Terminal Valencia’.

These investments are part of the total investments allocated by Noatum to the improvement of the Valencia terminal, which amount to over US$110 million, in accordance with the evolution of port traffic.

The event was presided over by the President of the Regional Government of Valencia, Ximo Puig, and also attended by officials, which included Ana Pastor, Minister of Infrastructure, and Joan Ribó, Mayor of Valencia.

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This will enable the terminal to attend megaships by providing them with a depth of 18 metres and increase the total area by 24ha, and increase the terminal berths by 540 metres.

These developments will extend the total berthing line by 30% to 2.3 kilometres, enabling the terminal to berth four megaships simultaneously.

The Muelle de Costa will provide 450 new connections for refrigerated containers, which will consolidate Noatum’s terminal and the Port of Valencia as an absolute reference for container traffic in the Mediterranean.

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In Muelle Este, two Post Panamax cranes will be substituted by SuperPost Panamax cranes with larger operative capacity, and will allow for a 20% increase in productivity and improved service.

In addition, in the Principe Felipe dock, 2 SuperPost Panamax cranes will be upgraded and 2 Post Panamax cranes will be replaced by OverSuperPost Panamax cranes.

Douglas Schultz, CEO of Noatum, said: “This event reflects a clear long-term commitment by Noatum and Noatum’s shareholders to Valencia and the Valencia port with the aim of promoting the development of the terminal in the next era of container shipping, with a positive impact on the business of the Valencian region, on exports, employment and on the society as a whole.”

The public container terminal Noatum Container Terminal Valencia moved over 2,000,000 TEU in 2015 and took over 1,800 port calls.

Fact File: Noatum Ports is the largest maritime terminal operator in Spain, with assets in Bilbao (Noatum Container Terminal Bilbao), Valencia (Noatum Container Terminal Valencia), Málaga (Noatum Container Terminal Málaga) and Las Palmas (Operaciones Canarias Las Palmas, OPCSA), as well as the largest vehicle handling terminal in the Mediterranean, based in Barcelona (Autoterminal).

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