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ICL Group and Port of Barcelona to invest 70 million euros in new terminal
- The Port of Barcelona will thus hit 70M tons of cargo and 3M containers by 2020.
- The Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, has chosen Barcelona as its base of operations.
The Port of Barcelona has recently given Tramer, a subsidiary of the Israeli ICL group, the green light to build and manage a new private terminal for salt and potash. Construction of the new terminal will require an investment of 57 million euros from ICL, plus a further 12 million from the Port of Barcelona to reinforce the wharf and deepen the draught.
This new facility will be able to handle 4 million tons of product, occupy 7 hectares and have a draught of 14 meters. All of this will allow it to load ships up to 60,000 tons. Moreover, it will also feature an international-gauge rail terminal.
In this sense, it must be noted that the Port of Barcelona strategic growth plan aims to make it the benchmark European port in the Mediterranean, expanding its area of influence over the coming five years to a radius of 1,200 kilometers and hitting 70 million tons of cargo and 3 million containers by 2020.
Allure of the Seas, largest cruise ship in the world, chooses Barcelona as base of operations
The Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, has made Barcelona its homeport in the Mediterranean, with 25 cruises leaving from the city this season. The Port of Barcelona will receive a total of 158,000 passengers from the Allure of the Seas in 2015, with an economic impact for the city of 17.5 million euros.
The Port of Barcelona was recently recognized as the Best port of operations for embarking and disembarking and the Best destination experience for passengers at the Cruise Shipping fair in Miami. The Port of Barcelona, number one cruise port in Europe and fourth in the world, expects to welcome more than 2.5 million cruise passengers in 2015.
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