Motril Moves Up Port League

MOT Port tanker OnLMotril Port saw the largest tanker ever to tie up at its docks around mid-month; one with a 12-metre draft.

The dredging of the entrance channel and the extended seawall along the Azucenas Quay has given the port this extra capacity, so even a 183m-long tanker like this one can enter and load/unload.

The ship needed a tug especially hired for the occasion, as well as the two ones normally at hand in the port.

This latest ship the Pyxis Malou, was able to ship 33,500 tonnes of liquid cargo, whereas before the maximum cargo would have been 20,000 tonnes.

“From this moment on we have entered the Champions League of global maritime transport, it has become more economic to use our port,” said the Chairman of the Port Authority, Franciso Álvarez de la Chica.

The Azucenas Docks has a maximum draft of 13.5m whereas the entrance channel is 14 metres. This port modification cost 14.5 million euros, which was co-financed by the European Union, who provided 80% of the total cost.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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