The president and CEO of Astican and member of the Círculo de Empresarios calls for speed and involvement from the Administrations to generate new activities that guarantee long-term employment
«The future of the port of Las Palmas It involves maintaining existing traffic and activities and evolving towards new activities that continue to guarantee long-term employment. It is the reflection that launched
German Suarez Calvo, president of Astilleros Canarios (ASTICAN) and member of Círculo de Empresarios, in a
event organized by APD (Association for Management Progress) on the evolution and future of the ports of Las Palmas.
The CEO of this leading company in naval repairs showed the good harmony that exists with the current
President of the Port Authority, Luis Ibarra, which he encouraged to continue in the complex task of ordering this strategic enclave for the Islands. "For better or for worse, the land in the port area is clogged and it is difficult to accommodate future and necessary economic activities that continue to guarantee employment for decades," added Suárez.
In this sense, he has referred especially to the development of floating offshore wind power. This last aspect, the "floating", is the one that marks "the difference with other territories of the European Union and for which
big operators of the energy sector have set their sights on the archipelago.
According to this businessman,
«Canary Islands is called to be an international leader In this sector. But only if it is done quickly and the Public Administrations get involved. And he also pointed out that the archipelago could "put out to tender the first floating wind farms with one of the most important energy production capacities in the world today." An initiative that requires space and order. Hence, the work being carried out by the Port Authority is essential. "We must not miss that train," he concluded on this subject.
Las Palmas boat in honor of Germán Suárez Domínguez. /
Regarding the current situation of the port, he indicated that
«it must continue to be the great service station in this area of the Atlantic: if they stop here to buy fuel, let them also do it to buy food or to repair the ship». Parallel activities that, without a doubt, generate economy and wealth for the Canarian community.
Another fundamental aspect in the sector is the
fuel transition. "Between 2030 and 2050 we will experience a drastic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and the definitive solution is not on the table," assured Germán Suárez. «To continue being that geostrategic port of reference we must have everything, such as liquefied natural gas, but also hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, ethanol, etc. «. And he completed this argument by pointing out that "the Port Authority must promote storage and supply capacity for any type of fuel that is being developed."
The business legacy of German Suárez Domínguez crosses the seas of the world
The business legacy of Germán Suárez Domínguez crosses the seas of the world
Since the beginning of this 2022, a ship called "Las Palmas" in honor of Antonio Germán Suárez Domínguez, president of
Astican until his death in 2019 and also a prominent member of the Circle, he transports goods all over the world. This is a new project by the owners of Astican, AC Laskaridis and German Suarez Investments: a plan to renew the fleet of eleven ships managed from Athens and with a cumulative capacity of 750 thousand gross registered tons of transport. "Las Palmas" is the first of this series of boats that has touched water.
He visited the island for the first time last week and it came loaded with corn from Argentina to unload in Egypt. It anchored in the bay to load fuel and continue its journey, it was an exciting milestone to have it here", commented Germán Suárez Jr., visibly moved, adding that "this port has always brought luck, activity and prosperity to the Group".
About the Circle of Entrepreneurs of Gran Canaria
The Círculo de Empresarios de Gran Canaria is a non-profit organization that brings together a group of businessmen, executives and senior managers from companies of recognized prestige, with extensive professional experience and consolidated human and intellectual training.
The companies they represent employ more than 25,000 people. Its members come from sectors such as the automotive industry, construction, tourism or food. Its main mission is to promote economic and social progress and the conservation and improvement of the identity of the islands through free enterprise and the market economy.