Valenciaport, the most transparent port in Europe

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Source: Port Authority of Valencia, 2020-07-24

ARUP University has chosen Valenciaport for “being the busiest in Spain and southern Europe, because it operates all types of traffic and for its strong commitment to data transparency”.

This institution has produced a report on the impact of the Covid-19 on maritime transport.

ARUP University has selected Valenciaport to carry out a study of the impact on maritime transport of the Covid-19 as the European port most committed to transparency. As ARUP points out in its report “Valenciaport has been selected to carry out this analysis because it is the busiest port in Spain and Southern Europe. It also operates with all types of traffic, so it was possible to study how this crisis affected each of the traffics. In this research project, ARUP has based its analysis on digital technology and information available to the public. In this sense, Valencia is a port with a strong commitment to the transparency of data and makes a great effort to make it available. Having information on the traffic of 2020 has been crucial in the selection of ports”.

ARUP is an independent firm that provides professional services in engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services, bringing together more than 16,000 professionals worldwide.

In addition to Valenciaport, ARUP has studied other European ports (Hamburg, Bremen, Le Havre, Marseille, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp) in order to include them in the analysis and compare them with Valencian ports. In this sense, the University points out the lack of concrete information of these ports to be able to carry out the study. “Antwerp has been chosen as the second port for the study because it was the only one, although with a limited scope, among the largest in Europe that is not Spanish, which has information that could be used for comparison,” says ARUP in the report. Thus, the University conducts a comparative study between Valenciaport and Antwerp in the first quarter of the year to analyze the impact of the Covid-19 on maritime transport. In the case of Valenciaport, this report also analyzes the data from April. “The Port of Valencia has published information on monthly traffic for April 2020. These data have been analyzed in the dashboard that only contains information from Valencia,” the study says.

“The important thing about this report is that an association as large as ARUP with 16,000 engineers and architects has chosen us as the first port in Europe for its transparency. This recognition is not only because we provide all the information but also because we make it accessible through data, graphics… And this is the reason why we have been chosen”, explained Aurelio Martínez, President of the Valencia Port Authority.

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