MSC Cruises has obtained final approval from the Port of Barcelona’s Board to build and operate an exclusive cruise terminal at the port.
This concession will allow the construction of a 11,670 sq m terminal to go ahead that MSC Cruises will operate and manage for 31 years.
The project was estimated to represent a €33 mill investment by MSC Cruises. With construction work set to start shortly, the new terminal is expected to be ready for service in 2024.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “We are particularly pleased with the award of this multi-year new terminal concession. Barcelona is not only an important homeport for the cruises division, but also for the entire Group and its shipping business.
“As such, the new terminal is a further proof of MSC Group’s long standing commitment to the city of Barcelona and the entire Catalonia region.
“I am also honoured that for this project we will able to partner with the impressive Ricardo Bofill and his firm. Together, we will build a state of the art new terminal that is bound to become another landmark for the beautiful city of Barcelona.
“Perhaps most importantly, the new terminal will allow us to operate expanded homeport operations, resulting in added direct and indirect economic benefit for the city and the overall region.
“This will come from higher spent locally by our international guests either flying into or out of Barcelona airport and likely to spend additional days in the city and its hotels together with their travelling parties.
“Homeport operations will also allow us to dedicate to Barcelona more of our new ships – including the LNG-powered ‘MSC World Europa’, which is currently under construction and is shaping up to become one of the most environmentally friendly ships at sea when she comes into service.
“Finally, the new terminal allows us to further demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability, as it will feature both shore power facilities as well as LNG bunkering operations,” he said.
The new terminal will allow MSC Cruises to consolidate its presence in Barcelona, which is one of the brand’s most important ports in the Western Mediterranean, and to expand its homeporting operations out of the city.
It will feature shore power facilities and be ready for LNG bunkering operations, which will allow MSC Cruises to deploy more next-generation, environmentally friendly ships in Barcelona, the company said.
To build the terminal, MSC Cruises has partnered with Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill and his studio.
Not only is Barcelona an important port for MSC Cruises, but also for the entire MSC Group, as both cargo operator MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and ferry operator GNV have a significant presence at the port.
A few days later, MSC announced that it will restart Spanish cruising operations with the deployment of ‘MSC Grandiosa’ to Barcelona from 26th June. Valencia will be added as an additional port of call on 30th July.
This follows recent announcements by the line that its ships are restarting operations in Germany, France and the Baltics in addition to its current and other Summer 2021 confirmed itineraries in the West and East Mediterranean, as well as the UK.