OPDR and Boluda start joint venture to operate Port of Seville, Spain


A joint venture (JV) between German shipping company OPDR and Spain's Boluda Corporación Marítima has started its operations to run the Port of Seville for a 30-year period.

The JV is known as Terminales Marítimas del Guadalquivir, and won a tender from the Port Authority of Seville (APS) to run the port in December last year.

Terminales Marítimas del Guadalquivir will handle a total area of about 180,000m², including the Muelle del Centenario railway facility.

The concession also includes the entire infrastructure that is linked to the container movement, ensuring an improved management operation and optimising the further development of intermodal logistics solutions in the port.

"This new project with OPDR will allow Boluda to remain committed to the growth of this harbour, which is essential for the development of the city."

Boluda chairman Vicente Boluda said: “The admission of this concession is really important for Boluda due to its great links with Seville, where we have been providing towage services for nearly 30 years and where one of our corporation’s most important offices is located.

“This new project with OPDR will allow us to remain committed to the growth of this harbour, which is essential for the development of the city and its hinterland.”

Terminales Marítimas del Guadalquivir will also install a new container gantry crane at the Port of Seville.

The Port of Seville is the only inland seaport in Spain, and handled more than160,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo last year.