MSC Cruises announced it has obtained the final approval from the Port of Barcelona’s Board of Directors to build and operate an exclusive cruise terminal. During this 31-year concession, MSC Cruises will be building an innovative 11,670 square-meter terminal. The terminal will be operated and managed by MSC Cruises.
MSC Cruises is expected to invest 33 million euros in the project. The building is scheduled to begin shortly, and construction should be completed in 2024.
“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 further proof of MSC Group’s longstanding commitment to the city of Barcelona and the entire Catalonia region” said MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago.
MSC Cruises is partnering with renowned Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill on the project.
“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,”Vago said.
His statement indicates that the new terminal will enable MSC to run “expanded homeport operations, which will have an indirect and direct positive economic impact on the surrounding region and the city.”
“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,” noted Vago.
“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 concluded.
According to a press release, this project will allow MSC Cruises to “consolidate its presence in Barcelona,” which is one of the brand’s most important ports in the Western Med and to expand its homeporting operations out of the city.
This will result in added direct and indirect economic benefit for the city and region as more international guests will transit through Barcelona, likely spending additional days in the city either before or after their cruise, the cruise line wrote.
With the new terminal, MSC Cruises can deploy far more environmentally-friendly, next-generation ships in Barcelona, including the MSC World Europa. The terminal will also offer shore power facilities and be ready for LNG bunkering operations. The World Europa is the first LNG-powered cruise ship from the brand. It is currently under construction and is scheduled to enter service in 2022.
The cruise line said both cargo operator MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and ferry operator GNV are very active in the Port of Barcelona.
“As such, the new terminal is a further proof of MSC Group’s longstanding commitment to Barcelona, Catalonia and the whole of Spain,” MSC stated.