Both ports have been cooperating closely for some years now, in particular in the areas of rail transport and cruise shipping. Whilst Barcelona benefits from Hamburg’s know-how as Europe’s largest port-rail hub, the Port of Hamburg gets to share Barcelona’s experiences as a major cruise home port in Europe. Some of the information shared about cruise shipping has been incorporated in the HPA’s planning concerning a third cruise terminal.
Deepening the exchange
To share information in other areas too, e.g. port IT systems and environmental issues, Jens Meier, Chairman of the Management Board of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), and Sixte Cambra, President of the Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aboard the museum freighter “Cap San Diego” in Hamburg on 22 May 2014.
Both ports complement each other
“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is the culmination of a longstanding relationship. We consider the Port of Hamburg a best practice role model in a range of areas and are certain that both ports complement each other. In particular we believe that European and Asian enterprises can fully rely on our two ports when it comes to providing access to and serving the European, Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea market,” says Sixte Cambra, President of the Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona.
Jens Meier, Chairman of the Management Board of the HPA, added: “We are delighted to enter into a sisterport partnership with the Port of Barcelona – our first with a European port. The Port of Barcelona is a strong Euro-pean partner with whom we have enjoyed a close relationship based on trust for quite some time now. Apart from striving to strike a balance between the needs of the port industry and the environment, port IT and its integration into the Smart City of the future and, of course, cruise shipping are important issues for us here in Hamburg. We welcome the sharing of experiences as it helps us to continuously improve.”