The Board of Directors of PAV (Port Authority of Valencia) selected the offer presented by the cruiseferry company BALEARIA for the building and management of the new passenger terminal in Port Valencia.
The infrastructure will be situated between Poniente Quay and the Espigon del Turia Quay, in an area previously occupied by the Union Naval de Valencia shipyard. The new passenger terminal will occupy about 100,000 m2 (1,076 million ft2). Its concession will be granted for 35 years, extendable to a max of 50 years.
The selected proposal received a positive evaluation of 93 out of 100 points. PAV's Board of Directors stressed that the project would be "an accessible, sustainable and intelligent infrastructure, at the service of the city, as stated in the requirements published in the tender documents”.
The proposal by Balearia guarantees that 100% of the electrical energy required for the operation of the new terminal will be produced at the facilities themselves and of renewable origin. According to the project that was presented to the tender, the passenger station would operate with zero contaminating emissions and committed to the circular economy.
Destined as much for ferry lines as for cruise ships, the new terminal has been designed to become a reference of sustainability in the environment of Valencia port and to generate added value to the seafront.
Aurelio Martínez (PAV's President) emphasized that the project of the new terminal was committed to all the environmental facets. It was committed to a notable reduction in noise, as all berthing lines would be technically equipped to provide electrical connections to the vessels at berth, thus facilitating the stopping of their engines and emissions when they are visiting Valencia.
The passenger terminal is expected to recycle 100% of the waste it generates in a biomethane plant built specifically for the purpose. It will treat the waste from the vessels and the building to obtain biogas. Martínez added, the new terminal would be “state-of-the-art, absolutely exemplary at an international level and a reference point for the sector”.
The station's interior design will guarantee the independent operation of cruise passengers and passengers of regular lines. Among other novelties of the project stand out the development of an Innovation & Eco-efficiency Centre as well as a space for cultural dynamization.