Welcome from President

The Port of Huelva is at one of the best moments in its history. Nearing its 150th anniversary, it has been transformed both in its appearance, with the expansion of its infrastructures and services, and in the significant increase it has experienced in the movement of goods and in the diversity of its traffic.

It has thus become an industrial logistics hub of reference on the Peninsula and is currently the leading industrial enclave in Andalusia, second in Spain and, more importantly, the economic engine of Huelva and its surroundings.

A consequence of this intense activity is the current situation of our port, among the top six ports in the Spanish port system and the second fastest growing port in the last decade, within the ranking of the top 30 ports by volume of traffic out of 1,200 European ports.

To preside over an institution such as the Port Authority of Huelva is for me a source of pride and a responsibility that I assume with the hope of being able to contribute to the continued growth of the port and, at the same time, to improve the lives of all the people of Huelva through the creation of opportunities. It also implies a strong commitment to the social development of our environment, given the role of the Port of Huelva in its area of influence, a role which must be translated into the creation of opportunities for employment and in collaboration with the social fabric.

To this end, I propose to work jointly and loyally with the rest of the administrations, seeking consensus and dialogue that will allow us to carry out all the initiatives necessary to improve the lives of citizens and consolidate the economic and social development of our territory.

In recent years, the Port Authority of Huelva has made a very important investment commitment to carry out new works and improve existing ones with the aim, not only to improve port operations, but also to advance in the Port-city integration with new projects such as the remodelling of Avenida Francisco Montenegro, the commissioning of the Fish Market or the remodelling project of the Muelle de Levante (Levante Quay). These infrastructures will undoubtedly make Huelva a more modern and competitive city.

The intense activity of the Port of Huelva has positioned it as a competitive enclave and economic engine of the first order, which makes it a fundamental asset for the social growth of its area of influence. Along these lines, one of my priority objectives is to consolidate this rapprochement between the Port and the city, not only by promoting the recovery of port spaces so that citizens can enjoy them and consolidating their growth, but also by collaborating closely with the social, cultural and sporting groups and associations that form part of Huelva’s society.

In this new phase, my work at the head of the Port Authority of Huelva will also aim to consolidate the four strategic lines set out in the Port of Huelva’s Strategic Plan: Consolidation and diversification of the business, continued commitment to being competitive, the essential relationship with the environment and integration with the environment.

It is essential to continue with the improvement and modernisation of the port facilities in order to consolidate the positioning of the Port within the large logistics networks of world trade within the Trans-European Transport Network, following our recent incorporation into the Atlantic Corridor. Committing to multimodality and digital transformation with projects that generate added value and wealth in the territory, while being competitive, is also a priority.

This port activity must be implemented with scrupulous respect for the environment and sustainable development, as has been the case until now, being aware that economic and social development is and must be compatible with respect for the environment.

For all these reasons, port development and its role as an economic engine must go hand in hand with the joint work of all the administrations and with the social fabric of its surroundings, committed to the creation of opportunities for economic revitalisation and employment, and at the same time responding to the challenges of international logistics, new markets and digital transformation.

María del Pilar Miranda Plata

President