SBMA eyes sisterhood pact with 2 Spanish ports

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SBMA eyes sisterhood pact with 2 Spanish ports
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman and Administrator Eduardo Jose L. Aliño welcomes Federation of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce delegates led by President of Tourism Numeriano V. Bouffard during a visit to SBMA. Photo from SBMA.
  • The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority is eyeing a sister port agreement with two Spanish ports as part of efforts to promote more businesses and marine vessel traffic in the Philippines and Spain
  • The Federation of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce recommended that SBMA establish ties with the ports of Barcelona and Bilbao
  • The agreement between Subic Bay Freeport and the ports of Barcelona and Bilbao will be through the business network of Federation of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce as part of their MOU with the SBMA

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is eyeing a sister port agreement with two Spanish ports as part of its efforts to promote more businesses and marine vessel traffic between the Philippines and Spain.

This after Federation of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (FPACC) president of tourism Numeriano Bouffard, during a courtesy visit to SBMA chairman and administrator Eduardo Jose Aliño, recommended that SBMA 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 in a statement.

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The agreement between 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 Bay Freeport to invite Aliño to be one of the panel speakers in the FPACC business event that will be held in Orlando, Florida in June this year.

The SBMA will also 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 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 in the energy wharf for future green fuels and manufacturing plants.

The Port Authority of Bilbao, meanwhile, 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.