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Global Ports awarded 12-year concession at Tarragona with eco-terminal planned

A rendering of the new cruise terminal
The Port of Tarragona has awarded Global Ports Holding (GPH) a 12-year concession – plus a six-year extension option – to manage services for cruise passengers, with the building of a new sustainable terminal forming part of the agreement.

Sustainable cruise terminal 

Under the terms of the agreement, Global Ports will invest up to €5.5m into building a new state of the art modular cruise terminal, which will utilise solar power to ensure the sustainable provision of the terminal's energy needs.

Retail and dining venues will be located inside the terminal, while new coach and car parking facilities will be added to help improve the ports transport infrastructure.

‘Tarragona Cruise Port is an important addition to our cruise port network, strengthening our growing presence and capabilities in the Iberian Peninsula and the West Med,’ commented Emre Sayin, CEO, Global Ports Holding.

‘We are very grateful to Tarragona Port Authority for placing their trust in GPH as the operator of Tarragona Cruise Port and we very much look forward to working with all stakeholders to grow cruise passenger volumes in Tarragona sustainably and responsibly.’

Upon the conclusion of all outstanding and previously announced concession agreements, the total number of cruise ports operated and managed by GPH amounts to 23.

Recent completion of Tarragona’s cruise pier

The move follows the the recent €30m investment into the Balears Wharf cruise pier, enabling the port to handle the world's largest cruise ships and doubling berth capacity, plus its investment in the provision of shore power. The port anticipates that the new infrastructure will encourage turnaround operations in the region. 

‘The award of the new cruise terminal in the “Moll de Balears” represents a great additional boost for a project that the port shares with the City of Tarragona, tourist agents and companies of our territory and of the Costa Daurada,’ said Josep Cruset, president, Port of Tarragona. ‘From now on, we have a partner like Global Ports Holding to give the final push to the cruise project…’

Tarragona received 130,000 cruise passengers in 2019, prior to the increase in its berth capacity.