The andalusian ports reduce occupation and cheaper berths by the crisis
The crisis has left the occupation by an average of 60% in the 16 ports of privately run as part of the Marine Association of Andalusia and representing two thirds of the ties in the region, as explained to Efe its President, JosÃ© Carlos MartÃn.
Faced with difficulties that existed a few years ago to find a mooring point, today “there is more supply than demand”, despite the fall in the average price of the moorings. Rates average annual rental of moorings between 2008 and 2011 have decreased by 72.4% in Cadiz, Almeria 60.3% and 32.8% in Malaga, according to a report by the Spanish Federation of associations of marinas, ports and tourism (FEAPDT).
Competition between ports has also lost boats to Andalusian navies, which have lowered their prices to try to win back owners who have moved their boats to Gibraltar or the area of Levante, according to Martin.
The annual rent of a mooring stood last year at Andalusia 92,26 euro per square meter on average, below the Spanish average (114.8 euros) and well below the cost in the Balearic Islands (277,29), when in 2008 the price on an Andalusian port amounted to 282,24 euros the square meter and exceeded that of the Islands, where in contrast have been kept rates.
This situation, which may raise doubts about the need for new ports, Martin is convinced that demand will rebound when the economy does, so that in the future will be missing more berths, and has recalled that any work of this type takes to execute some four years. The problem to develop projects at present is that “investors are very withdrawn and banks do not finance”.
Therefore rejects the estimates of the Andalusian ports public agency enforcement infrastructure Plan for the sustainability of transport in Andalusia (track), it expects to reach the 25,000 berths by 2015 (there are now more than 19,000), because “there is no financial capacity”. In this sense has cited as an example the fact that has been desert the competition for the extension of the port of Carboneras, AlmerÃa.
Yes is confident that on the horizon of 2020 Andalusia to reach the 23,000 moorings and that this increase occurs in a planned way to avoid negative impacts on the existing ports.
Not in vain the nautical tourism attracts two million visitors annually, generating 2 billion euros, according to published news HOSTELTUR tourism.