Barcelona’s port is experiencing substantial disruptions, with ships encountering delays ranging from 10 to 15 days, as a precautionary measure to navigate around potential security threats in the Red Sea. Lluis Salvado, the port chief, addressed the press, shedding light on the impact of heightened tensions in the region.
The ongoing attacks on Israel-linked commercial vessels by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the Red Sea since November have compelled shipping routes to be rerouted, significantly affecting maritime operations globally. Salvado emphasized that these security concerns have prompted ships to take alternative routes, circumventing the Red Sea by traveling around Africa.
These delays are causing a ripple effect, affecting a wide range of products, including crucial shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Barcelona, serving as one of the largest LNG terminals in Spain, is particularly feeling the consequences of the extended shipping times. The port’s strategic importance in handling diverse cargo makes it a focal point for assessing the broader economic implications of these delays.
Authorities are closely monitoring the situation, collaborating with international partners to find viable solutions and ensure the safety and efficiency of maritime activities in the affected region. Salvado expressed concern about the economic impact on businesses and emphasized the need for a swift resolution to restore normalcy to shipping operations at Barcelona’s port.