Freight Diary Photos: Even Freight Forwarders Need a Holiday
The problem with travelling abroad is that I find it hard to let go of my work and as a freight forwarder, there are always opportunities to get some good pictures of freight and related services when travelling and it is hard to keep the camera at bay. This was certainly the problem recently when I went on a 10 day P&O cruise from Southampton (departing by car originally from my home in Cardiff, Wales), down to Cadiz and also stopping off in Lisbon, Guernsey and La Coruna. The temptation to cast my eye over each port's freight and shipping facilities is documented below with some photos from my trip.
Cadiz Port, Spain
Cadiz at the foot of Spain is a delightful little town which as a cruise visitor is the perfect port in that you do not need to spend any money on the cruise tours the cruis ecompanies offer, given that you can simply walk around the local town which includes a stunning beach and a lovely old town area, which is just opposite the port. Depending on which berth your cruise ship uses, you might have to jump on the free bus service which takes you to the main port entrance. Because of the ports high usage by freight and shipping companies, cruisers have to be bussed through the port area to avoid tourists walking through and around the freight areas which the port understandably look to protect given the millions of pounds worth of freight which is often temporarily housed in the port.
The location of Cadiz makes it an important freight hub into Spain given that Cadiz is a very handy gateway and connection point with Northern Africa and is also perfectly located for freight ships arriving from North America and the Caribbean. Cadiz in other words acts as a connection point for the rest of Portugal and being so close to Spain also connects well with southern Spain, via road and rail freight.
Lisbon Port, Spain
Lisbon makes for another excellent cruise port with a spectacular entrance to the city with the bridge Vasco da Gama Bridge and which the cruise ship navigates under on its way to the berths. If you are awake and on deck when the ship is docking, going under the bridge is a great sight and photo opportunity as you can see below.
From a freight point if view, Lisbon is another interesting location, situated centrally on the West coast of Portugal and perfect for cargo coming across from the Americas and Caribbean. As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon port is a hub of activity and popular quite busy for food stuffs cargo including for the export of fruits, refined petroleum, wines, leather footwear and vehicles (see some interesting data here on Portuguese exports). In terms of imports, crude petroleum and raw products are popular.
Southampton Port, UK
Apart from being the main cruise port in the UK, Southampton Port is also one of the busiest ports in the UK for freight and cargo movements to and from the country. On arriving in the port, you can almost sense the hectic nature of the area in that it is certainly a hub of activity. a port which according to the official port site is the number one UK port for freight movement of vehicles and the main hub for 'oil and liquid-alcohol bulks'. Because of the business of the port, do allow plenty of time to reach the berth at which your cruise boat is positioned because the port area is sizeable and too large to carry and drag cases around if you needed to get to one of the berths.
(Leaving Southampton Port on the beginning of a cruise down to the Spanish and Portuguese coasts)
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