Spanish shipping companies invest 1,725 million euros to construct 18 new merchant shipping vessels

Chairman of Boluda Corporación Marítima Vicente Boluda last week attended the close of the General Meeting of the Spanish Shipowners’ Association (ANAVE), which announced that during the first six months of 2017 Spanish ship-owners have made “18 orders for new merchant shipping vessels, with a combined weight of over 1,138,000 GT, and an investment of 1,725 million euros”.

The announcement was made by the ANAVE president, Alejandro Aznar, who sees “very positive” growth prospects for the Spanish shipowners’ merchant fleet in the next two years, thanks to major investments made during the last year.

Vicente Boluda was accompanied by Boluda Lines Chairman Alfonso Serrat; Boluda Towage and Salvage Chairman Joaquín Lozano; Boluda Lines International Sales Manager Fernando Caracciolo; the Corporation’s legal department manager Pepa Cermeño, and Company lawyer Manuel Berrazueta.

New regulations

The president of ANAVE also explained that the shipping sector will face several regulations coming into force during the next two and a half years, such as the European Regulation on monitoring of ships’ CO2 emissions, which obliges companies to implement information collection plans no later than 31 August 2017; the ballast water management agreement, which enters into force on 8 September 2017; the IMO CO2 consumption and emissions data collection system, adopted from January 2019; and the marine fuel sulphur cap, which will be applied globally from January 2020.

Boluda Lines

Boluda Corporación Marítima has been a member of ANARE since 1988, through Boluda Lines, the division dedicated to comprehensive transport services and international goods management.

Boluda Lines operates ten shipping lines connecting the Iberian Peninsula with the Canary and Balearic Islands, Italy, northern Europe, the west coast of Africa and Cape Verde. It also provides port logistics services through its four maritime terminals as well as offering a Project Cargo and special cargo transportation service.

The division also provides air and land transportation, integrated logistics, international freight forwarding, shipping agent, chartering, customs management and consulting services. It has more than 60 offices worldwide and nearly 200 years of experience.

From left to right, Company lawyer Manuel Berrazueta; Boluda Towage and Salvage Chairman Joaquín Lozano; Boluda Corporación Marítima Chairman Vicente Boluda; the Corporation’s legal department manager Pepa Cermeño; Boluda Lines International Sales Manager Fernando Caracciolo; Boluda Lines Chairman Alfonso Serrat and J. Nielsen, (OPDR).