Gibraltar boosts port preparations in case of no deal Brexit

epa01801717 A Gibraltar monkey (Macaca Sylvanus) on the so called "Top of the Rock" balcony in Gibraltar, where Spanish Home Affairs minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, his British counterpart, David Miliband, and Gibraltar's chief minister, Peter Caruana held a meeting on 21 July 2009. Moratinos started the first visit by a Spanish minister for 300 years to the Brittish colony in the South of the Iberian Peninsula. EPA/JOSE MANUEL VIDAL

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Gibraltar has extended port facilities to be able to handle more ships carrying goods as part of contingency plans if Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement, the British territory’s maritime minister announced.

Gilbert Licudi, minister with responsibility for port and maritime affairs, said that after carrying out infrastructure work, Gibraltar’s port could handle a greater volume from container ships and other vessels bringing in food and medicine.

He added that lorries Gibraltar could exit by ferry to the nearby Spanish port of Algeciras if administrative checks increased at the land border.

“Ships that call into Gibraltar for bunker supplies, crew changes do not do so because we are an EU port but because we are a convenient, safe, reliable port for those services,” he said.

“We expect cruise companies to continue to come to Gibraltar, Brexit or no Brexit,” he added.

Via Reuters

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