2009: Valencia Best in Class

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Spain’s number one container port, Valenciaport has been honored with a global “best-in-class” designation following a review of operating standards within global maritime port communities undertaken by the Global Institute of Logistics.

Across the world “First Mover” Port Authorities and their communities have devised and developed a myriad of strategies and programs designed to deliver a seamless integrated logistics product to their customers. The Institute established direct relationship with many of them as part of its “The Role of the Container Port in Global Logistics” research. The research identified the First Movers, Thought Leaders and Early Adopters of the logistics model of port development. The research considered ports at different levels of community maturity and with varied business streams – transhipment, import only, export only, and mixed.

The research sought to identify a “benchmark” port community which others could emulate, a port committed to the ‘Relay’ rather than the ‘Delay’ of cargo.That benchmark was identified as Spain’s number one container port, Valenciaport which was accredited with “Best-in-Class” status. The criteria for the accreditation was that the port community identified demonstrated an exceptional level of maturity and a culture which indicated that stakeholders in the supply chain truly engaged in a collaborative process.

Valenciaport  demonstrate clear leadership, with a top to bottom emphasis on instilling a culture of integration and co-operation throughout the Port Authority and its research arm Fundación Valenciaport, and with port stakeholders.It established the 2002-2015 Strategic Plan in consultation with the port community, as well as institutions and economic and social agents from the Valencia region. The plan was designed to boost the development of the three ports, acting as an instrument to improve the level and quality of life for the whole community. The plan focuses on three objectives:

1. to consolidate Valenciaport as the main deep sea entrance and exit port on the Iberian peninsular
2. to turn Valenciaport into the leading regional distributor and intermodal logistics platform in the Mediterranean
3. to have sufficient capacity to handle 68m tonnes of traffic and 4m teu by the year 2015.

The Institute asserts that the second objective detailed above confirms Valenciaport’s recognition that it is a facilitator of trade in partnership with the logistics supply chain. This cemented the foundations for port community  development and governance at Valenciaport.

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The Global Institute of Logistics (GIL) was established in 2003 under the Chairmanship of renowned US logistician and author Robert V. Delaney in response to the logistics industry’s call for “joined up thinking” amongst stakeholders in the global supply chain. GIL looks to resolve the challenges facing the global logistics chain of managing single transport modes, modal systems and targets which are set on stand-alone operations to create a seamless global logistics system.
A Think Tank, GIL brings together thought-leaders and thought-followers as part of a global knowledge network committed to building up the information base, best practices and standards. This, in turn, creates a platform through which knowledge is shared, best practice is adopted and trade developed. Today the Institute is a community of organizations and professionals from across the world that share a commitment to collaborating on global logistics solutions.
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