Two routes between Bilbao and the UK have been identified as green shipping corridors

The report “Green Shipping Corridors in and out of Spain: Assessing Route-Based Opportunities” prepared by the Global Maritime Forum in collaboration with the British Embassy in Madrid has highlighted the Port of Bilbao’s strategic location and commitment to sustainability in developing environmentally friendly shipping routes, thus contributing to the objective of decarbonization of shipping.

In particular, the report highlights the excellent connectivity between the Port of Bilbao and the UK and stresses the potential of the short sea shipping routes for container traffic between Bilbao and Liverpool, as well as for RoRo traffic, with UK ports being crucial to green development Shipping corridors that contribute significantly to the overall decarbonization of global shipping while still being comparatively feasible and within a reasonable timeframe.

“The development of green and digital shipping corridors is a priority for the Port of Bilbao and fits in with the port’s growing portfolio of sustainability initiatives. The decarbonisation of routes as presented in the report will have a major impact due to the volume of goods and passengers they carry and the huge potential for a shift from road to sea. For these reasons, we believe in the feasibility of decarbonizing these shipping routes,” explains Andima Ormaetxe, Director of Operations, Trade and Logistics at the Bilbao Port Authority.

In addition to these two between Bilbao and the UK, the report also highlights a further six routes as the most promising in and out of Spain to become green corridors, with the UK, Italy and the United States being identified as the most promising partner countries, followed by Turkey. Morocco and China.

The development of green corridors represents a significant opportunity for the Spanish economy as the country is well positioned to become a first mover nation due to clear advantages in the production and distribution of future bunker fuels and the presence of strong companies across the value chain, potential demand for decarbonized freight transport and the robust regulatory framework supporting renewable energy.

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