More than 200 oil still enter the year on the docks of San Diego
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In total, in 2014 were 207 tankers entered the city, at an average of more than one every two days, all plying the waters of the river up to the San Diego terminal. 70 Other liquid bulk ships carried more last year, mostly fuel also.
Oil still represent today the biggest environmental threat to a river that already knows what is suffering serious accidents. A large part of these dangerous port traffic outside Langosteira leave, the mayor infrastructure, Xulio Ferreiro, described as "questionable" and compared it to the Castellón airport.
On the outer harbor it has gone so far this year more than 700,000 tons of dry bulk, mostly products unloaded in the inner spring and that generated neighborhood complaints, such as soybeans, grain and coal. Still in urban docks, but in less proportion.
The march of bulk solids has marked final date on the calendar, but does have the first partial removal of Repsol: in April 2018 should be operating in Langosteira 40% of their traffic, ie almost half of the oil disappear from the river and also the most dangerous, are the leading oil generally larger than those for the carriage of refiners.
At the exit of these vessels inland waters, thereby reducing risk, adds another advantage in improving the safety of such movement: that product-are currently about 4 million tons per year is sent from San Diego to the refinery through a pipeline consisting of 14 pipes of different diameters, with 6.4 kilometers in length, it passes beneath much of the city.
This risk is also reduced, as almost half of those tubes disappear like boats. The deal, signed by Repsol in late 2013, will bring the company an investment of 124.6 million euros for the city and the elimination of a double threat. Initially the concession company has 30,000 square meters in Langosteira, but has left 280,000 other meters in reserve in order to complete its full transfer, that still undated. In addition, the progress of the business of the city will release thousands of square meters in San Diego that will serve for other uses. For all that, besides generating economic activity, will Langosteira.
TMGA requested a further extension of the concession has pointed Langosteira
One of the main operators in the port of A Coruña, the company TMGA, has requested a further expansion of its facilities in Punta Langosteira. The company began to expand there last year with a first ship of 5,000 square meters in a few months expanded with another 5,000 meters. The company also built there also another warehouse of 2,500 square meters that is already in place.
Now, reports from the Port Authority, just ask permission for two new ships of 5,000 square meters each.
"This new application confirms the commitment of the major port operators for the new facilities, whose activities have led to traffic solids, bulk agri-food and energy, fundamentally," they note from the Port.
TMGA is not the only company that currently operates in Langosteira. Also working there two other major customers of the Port Authority, Maritime and Galigrain Pérez Torres. In addition, the board approved on Wednesday granted an additional 3,000 square meters Hormigones Carral, already had temporary facilities in the outer harbor.
"The Port Authority considers it very serious that a member of its board of directors untruthful on the resolutions adopted by that body and regrets the insistence of the local government to create confusion, a day after the statements of Xulio Ferreiro in which questioned the usefulness of the outer harbor to a group of politicians and gathered at the Ritz Hotel in Madrid entrepreneurs, "say from the Port. They allude to the mayor Xiao Varela, who in a statement said that the port body and the consistory coruñés negotiate a new agreement for inner springs upon realization.
The Puerto insisted yesterday that its board had not addressed that issue and that the financing agreements in 2004 with Fomento not touch.
The mayor, meanwhile, confirmed yesterday that not discussed the matter on the board: "Non é that falase ou deixase of falar, é is us documents," he said on a chip contained in the business plan. They are alone, says the Port, "technical issues to be established at the time of urbanization."
A coastline dotted maritime tragedies
A Coruña knows firsthand the environmental tragedies that have marked the recent history of the city during the last decades. Accidents like the Urquiola and the Aegean Sea, the most representative of those linked to trafficking of dangerous goods, it would not have occurred if those ships had docked or anchored in place Langosteira in threading the mouth of the estuary of A Coruna. The Prestige incident, which has just turned 13, also splashed raze the city besides the Galician-coast and surely could have been avoided if there was then a refuge port. Today already exists in Langosteira.
In fact, it was the Prestige accident which served as a catalyst for the construction of the outer harbor. Not only is there as a port refuge in case of exclusive No need for oil, as it is designed so you can get there easily any merchant in apuros-, but will also serve as the agreement between the Port Authority and Repsol, oil for the company to stop access to the docks of San Diego by the Ria de A Coruña, with the risk involved.
The list of maritime tragedies in Galicia is long, and probably many of them, with the current means and a refuge port could have been cleared. In addition to claims of three oil to the list must be added other notorious names like Cason, who in 1987 left 23 people killed on the coast of Finisterre, and a chaos of the evacuation of the population area and the impact on the environment.
In October 1970, after colliding with another ship, the Erkowit was towed to the coast coruñés an important waterway that finally end the merchant after a week. 2,000 cans of insecticide that had ended up in the sea. The ship was anchored in Bastiagueiro after removing the high seas. Then there was no refuge port.