Tarragona inaugurates new terminal

2024-06-28T17:26:42+00:00 June 28th, 2024|Ports|

At the recent 64th MedCruise General Assembly earlier this month, the inauguration of Tarragona’s new terminal at Balears Wharf took place.

The terminal, commissioned by operator Global Ports Holding (GPH), was constructed via an off-site industrialised modular construction system.

The Port of Tarragona has invested more than €1 mill to adapt the quayside.

A further €5.5 mill was spent by GPH on the new terminal.

On 11th June, 2024, the Port of Tarragona saw a twin celebration in the cruise tourism sector. In the evening, the 64th edition of the MedCruise General Assembly was inaugurated and, later, at Balears Wharf, the curtain rose on the new terminal of Tarragona Cruise Port.

Mehmet Kutman, GPH Chairman and CEO, said, “I am very proud as we inaugurate the new sustainable cruise terminal, symbolising the start of a new journey for Tarragona Cruise Port under the management of Global Ports Holding. Together, we are not just opening a port; we are opening doors to new possibilities and a brighter future for everyone connected to this beautiful city.

“As the world’s largest cruise port operator, we are committed to contributing to the cruise industry’s ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Environmentally friendly technologies and practices, from the use of renewable energy to the efficient management of natural resources, have been thoughtfully integrated into both the terminal’s construction and its future operations.

“I extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Tarragona Port Authority and all local stakeholders for their invaluable support and collaboration, which have been instrumental in making today’s milestone a reality. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration and to making a significant and positive impact on cruise tourism in Tarragona,” he said.

The new terminal is located on the Balears Wharf, which was built by the Tarragona Port Authority (TPA) in 18 months between 2020 and 2021 at a cost of €30 mill.

This investment was used to improve the port infrastructure and expand the surface area available for cruise ship operations, including a berth of 759 m long together with an esplanade of 40,000 sq m.

“Having this new infrastructure makes it possible to offer a much more convenient and agile operation,” said Saül Garreta, TPA President.

“This is a very important step forward, which, along with the electrification of the dock, will allow this activity to be de-carbonised in the port and achieve a more sustainable cruise activity on the Costa Daurada.”

The terminal’s interior design is open and spacious to allow the interior spaces to be modulated depending on the needs that arise and thus to be able to better manage the flow of passengers. The building comes with checkpoints and customs, a waiting area with benches and bathrooms, a tourist information point, a cafe and a gift shop.

In addition, TPA has set a date of 2026 for the entry into service of the onshore power supply system on Balears Wharf.

The TPA will shortly invite tenders for the project worth €10.25 mill and it will be one of the first Spanish ports to offer this service to cruise ships.

GPH stared to construct the project in June 2023. With a built in area of 2,200 sq m and an investment of €5.5 mill, this terminal represents a significant advancement for the region, laying the foundations for a notable transformation, the company said.

The terminal was constructed using an offsite industrialised modular approach devised by the architectural studio, Hombre de Piedra Arquitectos.

Most of the construction work was carried out in a factory in Almeria, 700 km away, where the building was manufactured almost entirely using concrete modules, which were subsequently transported to Tarragona and assembled onsite at Balears Wharf.

The new terminal was designed with a focus on functionality, energy eco-efficiency, with the installation of solar panels, and passenger comfort. From the use of renewable energy to the efficient management of natural resources, environmentally friendly technologies and practices were integrated into both its construction and future operations, the TPA claimed.

Advanced safety measures were implemented and accessible spaces were created to ensure that all passengers, including those with reduced mobility, can enjoy a comfortable and safe experience. The interior space is also versatile, allowing it to host cultural and social events, especially in the low tourist season.

Offsite construction achieved a 50% reduction in waste generation and a 60% decrease in CO2 emissions during the building phase, with an expectation of a 30% reduction during future operations in the terminal.

In addition, there is a significant decrease in water consumption during the manufacturing and maintenance stages, along with a 40% reduction in energy use for air conditioning, demonstrating a genuine commitment to environmental sustainability.

Finally, the new facilities will benefit from solar panels allowing them to be self-sufficient and sustainable in terms of energy, the TPA said.