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Out of the blue –Setubal’s new port could be gateway to the Med

[ February 15, 2018   //   ]

Developers of the Blue Atlantic industrial and logistics park at Setubal, 40km south of Lisbon in Portugal have unveiled plans for an 800metre quay capable of berthing two Panamax container ships.

The 96-hectare site is aimed at maritime, ports and logistics investors and, says project lead Fernando Fernandes, could offer one of the fastest and most efficient routes in and out of Europe, bypassing the congested Mediterranean.

The Port of Setubal already has several terminals operated by private firms handling break bulk and general cargo, ro ro, bulks and containers.

Fernandes said that the location is home to three of Portugal’s top four exporters including Volkswagen steel company MEGASA a GE factory and Sapec chemical and fertilizer industries.

He added that Setubal’s sheltered waters and temperate climate means that the port is never closed by weather.

Setubal is connected to Portugal’s main road network and there is capacity to build a rail line for trains up to 880 metres long. Setúbal is 600km from Madrid.

“Blue Atlantic is a very large, empty plot of land with huge potential,” said. “It is located in one of Europe’s largest and most commercially strategic industrial zones. It is currently undeveloped and has all the ingredients for a developer to create a world class multi-modal export hub or industrial and logistics park.”

Portugal also plans to extend its Exclusive Economic Zone – already  the 3rd largest in the European Union and 11th largest in the world from 200 miles of territorial sea to cover 350 miles.

Space at the Blue Atlantic Industrial and Logistics Park, a 96ha site in the Mitrena Industrial Zone is being marketed by Sapec. Maximum construction size on the sute is 380,000sq m.

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