ABSTRACT

Ruiz Seisdedos, M. and Fernández Carrasco, P., 2020. Port projects in Blue Economy: Port of Motril-Granada. In: Malvárez, G. and Navas, F. (eds.), Global Coastal Issues of 2020. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 95, pp. 940-944. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

The Port Authority of Motril from the Minister of Public Works of Spain (where 85% of imports and 60% of exports pass through the ports) has the mission to manage the public harbour land to which its pertains efficiently, cost effectively and sustainably, and to give services to society related to port traffic and the vision to transform the Port into a logistic reference point in Spain, promoting the economic growth of its area of influence and the competitiveness of its Port Community on a road of sustainable development. In this Blue Economy strategy four areas have been consider: Connections, Innovation, Sustainability and Motril itself and its Surroundings. As a well-connected port by motorway, also connected with industrial and logistic processes, the information and the communications to provide an efficient system is the key to integrate all the users, the main players and improving their Ro-Pax lines connected with Africa (Nador, Al hoceima, Tanger Med and Melilla). This innovative harbour promotes the development of more efficient technologies offering improved services to its users and encourages an open innovation, by integrating private sector with research institutions, technological centres and universities. The protection and the conservation of the maritime and coastal environment through actions and projects are recovering old industrial areas, using clean energy and implementing environmentally-friendly processes where the infrastructures looking after the environment. This reality involves designing training programs in the Port Community, to satisfy the needs of the current market, integrate traditional sectors into the new concept of Blue Economy, improving the interaction between all agents related to the sea and investing in social innovation. People are the motor of the port, and the surroundings have benefits generating employees in the city of Motril directly and in its hinterland.

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