The ports of Barcelona and Yokohama join forces to promote sustainability
The ports of Barcelona and Yokohama will work together to facilitate trade between the two infrastructures and support initiatives focused on sustainability. This was agreed by the President of the Port of Barcelona Mercè Conesa, the Mayor of Yokohama and President of this port Fumiko Hayashi, the General Director of the Japanese port Hiroya Nakano, and the General Director of Coordination Hisataka Uematsu.
Mercè Conesa and Fumiko Hayashi signed a collaboration agreement that includes intensifying cooperation at the technology and management level and, in the field of institutional relations, jointly finding new business opportunities and promoting trade between Japan and Spain.
Like the Port of Barcelona, Yokohama is especially interested in environmental sustainability. In fact, the new terminal in project contemplates strict environmental measures, according to Hisataka Uematsu. The CEO added: "We are taking steps to supply LNG to ships," as the Port of Barcelona is already doing. "Yokohama is the first port of call on trips from the United States, and by providing LNG we will facilitate the increase in arrivals of these ships," he said.
The promotion of LNG as an alternative fuel is an area in which the two port facilities can collaborate, as in the case of cruise ships. Yokohama currently has about 190 annual cruise stops, mostly as a base port. In May 2020 they plan to reach six ships coinciding on the same day “and we would like to learn from the Port of Barcelona” in the management of the operation and the flow of passengers, added the General Director of Coordination of the Japanese port.
"For the Port of Barcelona, it is a great opportunity to be in contact and be able to sign an agreement with the Port of Yokohama," said Conesa, and highlighted the success of the port-city projects undertaken.
Source: Port of Barcelona