Bilbao (Spain Biscay Basque Country)

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Bilbao cruise port

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Bilbao is a major port (ferry and cargo) and Spain's Biscay Province's capital city, with population around 350,000 (metro around 1,04 million). The city is also part of Spain's Basque Country region and located near the border with France. By population, the city is ranked Spain's 10th-largest, while Greater Bilbao (metropolis) is ranked Spain's 5th-largest.

The Port is at Biscay Bay, while the city's downtown is approx 16 km (10 mi) to the southeast. In 2016, the cruise port reported a 19% increase in ship calls over 2015 (51 calls) and a total of 85071 cruise tourists (21% increase over 2015).

Established in the 14th century as a settlement of ironworkers and mariners, in the following centuries, the town prospered in trading (export of wool and iron goods) including with Spain's American colonies. Following the heavy industrialization in the late-19th-early-20th-centuries, the metropolis became Spain's second-most industrialized (after Barcelona), growing in population and territory via mergers with neighboring municipalities.

Port Bilbao

Port Bilbao (aka Superpuerto, locode ESBIO) is located on Bilbao Abra Bay, along Ria de Bilbao. Port's main facilities are in the municipalities Santurtzi and Zierbena, located approx 15 km (9 mi) to the west. The seaport complex covers a land area of approx 3 km2 (773 acres / 313 hectares) and water area approx 17 km2 (4186 acres / 1694 hectares). Bilbao Harbor's waterfront has a length of 17 km (11 mi).

Bilbao (Spain) cruise port

As a cargo port, Bilbao is ranked Spain's largest and 4th-busiest (following Algeciras, Barcelona, Valencia). On March 27, 2011, the French shipping company BRITTANY FERRIES started a weekly scheduled service on the route Portsmouth-Bilbao (via Roscoff France) with the Cap Finistere ferry.

For FY2017, Port Bilbao reported a 7% shipping traffic growth (or an increase of 2,2 million tons over FY2016) to a total traffic volume (excluding local shipping and supplies) 34,2 million tons.

The main increases were of liquid bulk cargoes, natural gas (+811,000 tons), gasoil (+470,000 tons), crude oil (+277,000 tons). The main dry cargo increases were scrap iron (+120,000 tons), iron and steel products (+101,000 tons), other minerals (+94,000 tons).

Container shipping traffic in 2017 reached 604,870 TEU-containers, or 1,37% increase over 2016. The growth in reefers (refrigerated containers) was 2%. A total of 5514 units were shipped as "heavy load" or "project cargo" due to their great weight or dimensions. This type of cargo shipping grew by 23% over 2016.

In 2017, the port's passenger shipping traffic (ferries and cruise ships) traffic decreased by 2 % (to a total of 186,546 passengers). The port handled a total of 123 ferry and 61 cruise ship calls (51 calls in 2016). Cruise tourists are now handled at the new Getxo maritime station (opened in 2017).

The port mainly serves European Atlantic shipping traffic (market share 41%), followed by North American Atlantic and African Atlantic. By country, the port's main traffic is with the UK (16% growth). Mexico and the USA. Port's turnover in 2017 increased to EUR 68,8 million (+5,47% compared to 65,2 million in 2016). Port's net bank debt remained at EUR 139,8 million.

Bilbao cruise port

Port's cruising season runs from early April through early November.

Port Bilbao (Spain) cruise port

During season 2016, the cruise port handled 51 calls (an increase of 19% over 2015) and a total of 85,071 tourists (21% increase over 2015). Statistics also showed that of all tourists, ~58% were from the UK and ~14% from the USA.

In 2015, the Port's cruising sector estimated impact on the region was ~EUR 7,27 million, also generating EUR 0,81M fiscal return.

On June 29, 2017, the new passenger terminal hosted the "Bilbao Bizkaia Cruise Forum". The event was aimed at a worldwide audience of professionals within the cruise port sector, travel agencies, auxiliary industry, tourism-related institutions, tour guides, managers of hotels, restaurants, museums, shops and all other local businesses that benefit from Port Bilbao's cruise shipping services.

On February 16, 2018, the Port (via the newly formed ITSAS GAS company) conducted its first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering (fueling with liquefied natural gas).

  • ITSAS GAS is a joint venture of Port Authority of Bilbao, Basque Energy Entity (Government agency), Remolcadores Ibaizabal and Naviera Murueta (shipowner of Oizmendi).
  • The LNG bunker supply vessel Oizmendi (fka Monte Arucas) was previously refitted to enable to hold (together with its conventional fuel tanks) two additional LNG tanks (capacity 300-m3 each), where the gas is stored in a liquid state (at -161 C) reducing its volume 600 times. The ship's reconstruction works took 7+ months, cost EUR 5,5 million and were done at Astillero Murueta shipyard.

In September 2021 started construction works on the LNG bunker terminal. The project is via partnership with Brittany Ferries and Repsol SA (1987-founded Spanish energy and petrochemical company) and is scheduled for completion in 2022-H1 (first half).

  • The LNG Terminal serves mainly LNG-powered cruiseferries deployed on the UK-Spain routes (via France).
  • The new terminal has storage capacity 1000 m3 (one LNG cryogenic tank that keeps the natural gas in a liquid state at -160 C).
  • This project included an investment by Repsol SA of ~EUR 10 million (~USD 11,8M / ~GBP 8,6M).
  • A second LNG Terminal (also via Repsol) was constructed in Port Santander.
  • Both LNG terminals were co-financed by the European Commission thru CEF-Connecting Europe Facilities (EU funding programs).

In late-July 2022 was announced a project for shore power connectivity at Prot Bilbao, as well as building Onshore Power Supply infrastructure across the entire Port area (14x total connection points) serving ferries, cruise vessels and container carriers. The project (budgeted EUR 14+ million, scheduled for completion in 2025) was financed by the European Union with co-funding from the world's largest cruise companies - Carnival UK, RCI-Royal Caribbean, MSC, TUI. Shore-to-ship power allows the berthed vessels to receive city-grid electricity (needed for the onboard hotel service) allowing them to switch off the main engines, thus reducing the in-port noise and air pollution.

Bilbao cruise terminal

On December 23, 2016, started interior works on the new cruise terminal building, following the structure's completion in November 2016. The new facility is located at cruise ship pier 3, This is the port's 3rd berth in Getxo.

Bilbao cruise ship terminal

The winning bidder for the construction works was a temporary consortium working with EUR 4,6 million budget.

In summer 2016 (April through June) was built the reinforced concrete structure. Works included foundation and forging of the terminal building's mezzanine and first floor.

Between July-October 2016 was completed the facility's metal structure, serving as support for the roof. Followed works on the building's air-conditioning, electricity, flooring, painting.

On the quay was constructed an outside gangway bridge for passenger embarkation/disembarkation (to and from the building). These works alone cost approx EUR 1 million.

The terminal building's height is 15 m (50 ft) high, with a covered area of 3200 m2 (34500 ft2). It is designed as a rectangular glass container and consists of 2 main floors (mezzanine in between). The lower floor has a tourist information desk, reception and check-in counters (for embarking passengers). Here are also the luggage collection area (for disembarking passengers) and the waiting hall. On the mezzanine level is the terminal's VIP Lounge plus offices.

Bilbao's new cruise terminal project also included upgrading the existing pier with long-stay parking (capacity 222 cars). The parking can also be used by Bilbao residents in no-ship days (when there are no docked cruise ships).

Additional 31 car lots were created for the terminal's staff, plus 10 lots for taxis and 40 lots for tourist coaches.

Port Bilbao cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bilbao, Spain Biscay Basque Country. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

1 June, 2022
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Marina10:0018:00
5 June, 2022
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Pride09:0018:00
10 June, 2022
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Sirena08:0023:00
11 June, 2022
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAaura08:0019:00
16 June, 2022
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Voyager06:0019:00
20 June, 2022
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAnthem of the Seas08:0017:00
21 June, 2022
Seabourn Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeabourn Ovation08:0018:00
21 June, 2022
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Virtuosa08:0017:00
25 June, 2022
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAaura08:0019:00
28 June, 2022
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Virtuosa08:0017:00

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