Port Tarragona (on Spain's Costa Daurada) approved the tender for the building and operation of a new cruise ship terminal on the Balears Wharf.
The agreement was reached by the Board of Directors of the Port and consists of a public tender for the award of a concession for the building and operation of a public cruise terminal.
The agreement changes the pattern of the management of the Port of Tarragona cruise ship terminal from public management to a concession. 5900 m2 will be the minimum surface area covered by the 12-year concession. It is due to be operational from March 2022. The period for presenting bids is expected to open before the end of this current year.
Last month, the Port Tarragona Board of Directors approved the tender process for the "award of a concession for the construction and operation of a public cruise terminal on the Balears Wharf."
The accord is based on conditions and rules that will govern the public tender for the concession's award. The decision will involve the building of a terminal of at least 5900 m2 (63510 ft2) with a 12-year operating period beginning in March 2022, meaning that season 2022 will be managed by the new operator.
The period in which companies are able to submit their bids is due to open before the end of this year.
The Port’s president, Josep Maria Cruset, said that the approval was another step forward in improving the services offered to tourists arriving in the Port and would "offer better conditions to all actors involved in cruise operations."
The new cruise ship terminal will be a new reception point for cruisers arriving in the port city. The Port of Tarragona aims to create an innovative cruise terminal that will become another reference for the city. The optimization of vehicle and passenger mobility, a high-quality service, and respect for the environment are priorities for the Port. These are actions included in the Agenda 2030 Sustainability Plan, an integral part of the new project.