Balearia to build and operate new cruiseferry passenger terminal in Valencia (Spain)

   November 16, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Port Valencia awarded the ferry company Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas the construction and operation rights of the new passenger terminal in Port Valencia (Spain).

The infrastructure will have a surface area of ~107000 m2. The planned investment is expected to exceed EUR 37 million. In addition to the investment of the private company Balearia, Valencia's Port Authority will invest EUR 67.8 million. In total, the public/private investment is to be ~EUR 100 million.

The new public passenger terminal will become a model infrastructure in terms of environmental/social sustainability/accessibility/new technologies, a benchmark for the Por, and will generate added value for the seafront.

It will cater to cruise traffic, regular lines with Algeria and the Balearic Islands, with independent operations and spaces, along with ro-ro traffic. For this reason, it will feature 4 berths, one of which will allow a ship of 360 m in length to call and another berth of at least 250 m. A 215-m-long central jetty is to be constructed for the berthing of ferries.

The operations for regular cruise and passenger traffic will be separate and with different spaces. The purpose is to lead the traffic of people/companies between the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, with estimates made by the Valencian shipping company of ~370,000 passengers minimum during the first year between regular ferries/cruises, up to ~472,000 in the 5th year.

The new passenger terminal guarantees that 100% of the electrical energy needed will be produced in the facilities and will be of renewable origin: wind, renewable hydrogen, biofuel, or photovoltaic. The maritime station will operate with zero polluting emissions.

Port of Valencia (Spain)

All the docks are to be equipped with an electricity supply network for docked liners, making it easier to stop the engines/their emissions when they are calling at Valencia. All the roofs/ceilings of the existing buildings will be specially designed for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels.

The new terminal will recycle 100% of the waste it generates in a biomethane plant built expressly for the purpose. It will treat waste from the cruise ships and the building itself to obtain biogas.