Galician experts survey Falklands future port development
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Vigo Port Authority Director Beatriz Colunga (Photo: Stock File)FALKLAND ISLANDSTuesday, November 28, 2017,02:30 (GM
 

Vigo Port Authority Director Beatriz Colunga. (Photo: Stock File)

 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 02:30 (GMT + 9)

 

Two technicians from the Spanish Port of Vigo are visiting the Falkland Islands with the aim of offering their informed opinion on potential port development on the Islands.

The Falklands and Vigo have had a close business relationship for decades as a result of long term joint business ventures with Spanish fishing companies, and the new Falklands longliner CFL Hunter was built in Galicia, the local newspaper Penguin News reported.

The experts informed that some 700,000 tons of frozen fish, mainly squid and hake, are managed through Vigo and around 8 per cent of that comes from Falklands waters, so Vigo is keen those shipment continue despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, assured the pair.

Vigo Port Authority Director Beatriz Colunga and the area’s Development Chief Ana Ulloa told Penguin News the visit was set up via the Falkland Islands Government Representative in London Sukey Cameron.

The Galician technicians assured that, in their opinion, FIPASS current facilities are the correct location for port development primarily because everything that was needed to support them was close by.

In this regard, they explained that the logistical costs are higher for the people if the infrastructure is not near the town. “Further away from the town will impact on fuel costs of vehicles transporting goods,” argued Ana Ulloa.

For her part, Beatriz Colunga noted that the local government should be looking twenty years ahead to what would be required in the future. She acknowledged that FIPASS would have to be changed and improved but, “all the facilities both public and private are in the same place there,” which she viewed as positive.

Both of them confirmed they were thinking in terms of the port for all activities not just the fishery, but tourism and oil, too. She said with everything in one place then maintenance costs were less.

On the other hand, Colunga and Ulloa do not see the small entrance to the harbor as a problem, since in Spain there are several ports where the entrance is worse than the narrows. All in all, they believe it is vital that the Falklands purchase a tug for use in bad weather and for safety.

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