The Port of Alicante (Map of the Port), the main logistical platform in the province of Alicante, is facing the future safe in the knowledge that it is an essential instrument to relaunch Alicante’s economy in the new approaching global order.
The potential offered by the Port of Alicante is based on its geographical location, since its area of influence encompasses major towns and cities such as Alicante, Elche, Murcia and Albacete, even reaching as far as Madrid through the industrial areas of El Vinalopó. The strength of business in this area is based on an optimal transport infrastructure: port, motorways, roads and airport, boosting its export capacity and tradition in commerce.
However, the commitment of the Alicante Port Authority does not focus solely on the development and management of logistical infrastructures; it is also committed to public, social and economic institutions to introduce the strategic changes required, thereby encouraging new companies to set up within its sphere of influence.
The Port Authority is currently working to define and develop a new port model, a goal that runs parallel to the logistical strategy for the Region of Valencia. The adaptation of existing infrastructures and launch of the new southern basin will contribute to greater commercial specialisation, which must be compatible with installations that respect the environment and increase the value of freight.
The planned commercial port has a maximum capacity of around 12 million tonnes, a direct connection to the motorway and railway networks, a modern TECO terminal right by the quayside and a general freight terminal run by ADIF. Furthermore, it has a Border Inspection Point (BIP) and another for imports managed by SOIVRE.
The commercial area of the Port of Alicante has a multipurpose terminal on quay 11 covering an area of 354 metres, which could be extended to 600 metres; and a 65,000 m2 platform which, once expanded, will cover an area of 129,453 m2. The central basin has three quays (13, 15 and 17) 15 metres deep, as well as four RO-RO ramps and 870 metres of quayside. The southern basin provides 1,250 metres of quayside and a 270,000 m2 platform with a modern maritime terminal running regular lines to Algiers and Oran, a container terminal and another multipurpose terminal with 10 special loading facilities, for cement and other bulk cargo.
The port has Logistics Activity Zone (ZAL), which is 60% consolidated, and over 100,000 m2 of storage space.
The cruiser basin receives traffic of 70 ships/year, with sufficient depth and capacity for liners up to 350 long. It has its own modern and elegant marina.
The use of the port as an area for recreational activity and water sports is the city’s maximum reference point. The Port of Alicante has been chosen as the permanent headquarters for the Volvo Ocean Race until the 2017-2018 edition. The recreational basin has space for up to 2,300 moorings, which will soon be extended to include mega yachts.
All these actions will be carried out without forgetting the necessary port-city integration, and improvements are already being made to the outskirts of the city.