Subic Freeport eyes sisterhood pact with Spanish ports

Subic Bay Freeport – In its proactive efforts to promote more businesses and marine vessel traffic in the Philippines and Spain, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) officials are now looking into seeking a sister port agreement with two Spanish ports.

This came after the Federation of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (FPACC) delegation led by President of Tourism Numeriano V. Bouffard paid a courtesy visit to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Eduardo Jose Aliño.

During this visit Bouffard recommended that Subic Bay establish ties with the Ports of Barcelona and Bilbao.

“This is certainly welcome news to both our countries. Both the Ports of Barcelona and Bilbao are gearing towards conducting business in renewable energies, something that the Subic Bay Freeport could learn from,” Aliño said.

Aliño said that this agreement between the Subic Bay Freeport and the Ports of Barcelona and Bilbao will be through the business network of FPACC as part of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the SBMA to promote mutual business interests, trade, and business.

Bouffard was in Subic Freeport to invite Aliño to be one of the panel speakers in the FPACC Business Event that will be held in Orlando, Florida in the United States of America in June this year.

The SBMA official also cited that the agency will be launching trade missions in Spain this year, particularly during the third quarter, and in June 2025 in Orlando and Mexico to promote Subic ports and target companies engaged in logistics, renewable energy and manufacturing.

Currently, the Port of Barcelona is in the process of establishing a new zero-emission nautical bus service powered by solar panels or hydrogen. The said nautical bus service will also be connected to an electrical grid.

The management board of the Port of Barcelona has also approved the use of six hectares of area in the energy wharf for future green fuels and manufacturing plants.

Meanwhile, the Port Authority of Bilbao is also preparing for the second phase of the central breakwater and the electrification of docks, providing ships with electricity while their engines are turned off. The electrification of these docks would reduce carbon dioxide emissions, sounds and vibrations.

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