New retail as GPH to pump up to €5.5m into Spain’s Tarragona cruise terminal

By Luke Barras-hill |

Tarragona Cruise Port welcomed around 130,000 passengers in 2019.

Cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) has been awarded a 12-year concession to manage services for passengers at the new sustainable cruise terminal at Tarragona Port in Spain.

The contract, which includes the option of a six-year extension, was granted by the Tarragona Port Authority with GPH investing up to €5.5 million/$6.1 million into the new state-of-the-art modular building that will boast retail and F&B opportunities.

A €30m injection into the infrastructure at Tarragona Port was completed in the third quarter of 2021.

This included a new cruise pier in the ‘moll de balears’, which can now handle the world’s largest cruise ships while berth capacity has been doubled to four ships at any one time.

REDUCING CRUISE LINES’ CARBON FOOTPRINT

In addition, the port authority has bought into providing shore power to reduce CO2 emissions from cruise ships while they are berthed in port.

Tarragona, a port city in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is located less than a one-hour drive from Barcelona Airport.

The new terminal will provide cruise passengers with an improved port experience, including retail and F&B opportunities,

In 2019, before the increase in berth capacity, the cruise port welcomed around 130,000 cruise passengers.

The recently completed investment in the port infrastructure and the planned new terminal is aimed at significantly improving the port’s attractiveness for turnaround operations in the region, said GPH in a statement.

Josep M. Cruset, President of the Port of Tarragona, commented: “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’.

“From now on, we have a partner like Global Ports Holding to give the final push to the cruise project thanks to its excellent position in the market, its track record, experience and professionalism.”

GPH will invest up to €5.5m into building a new state-of-the-art cruise terminal at Tarragona Port, situated in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region less than one hour’s drive from Barcelona Airport. The terminal will utilise solar power to service its energy needs and will be modular in its design ‘to meet future capacity needs and to provide a vibrant and exciting event space’.

Emre Sayin, Chief Executive Officer, GPH said: “Tarragona Cruise Port is an important addition to our cruise port network, strengthening our growing presence and capabilities in the Iberian Peninsula and the western Mediterranean.

“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.”

The addition of Tarragona to GPH’s cruise port network means that upon the successful completion of all outstanding and previously announced concession agreements, the total number of cruise ports [that] GPH operates and manages will rise to 23.

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