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Barcelona's new cruise terminal to accommodate LNG-fuelled ships

Artist renderings of Carnival's new cruise terminal, which is due to open in 2018.





Updated on 02 May 2017 10:26 GMT

Carnival Corporation & plc has released artist renderings of its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona which is due to open in 2018.

The terminal is designed to accommodate Carnival's new class of green cruise ships that will be fully operated by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

As part of an agreement signed in July 2015, Carnival will construct and operate the new 12,500-square-metre terminal. The company is investing more than 30 million euros in the state-of-the-art facility, which paired with its existing terminal at the port represents its largest combined terminal investment in Europe.

"This terminal marks the culmination of years of partnership," said Sixte Cambra, president of the Port of Barcelona Port Authority. "Since the beginning of our relationship, Carnival Corporation has shown strong success in our port and city, and 10 years after the opening of the first terminal, this has materialized in a new facility for their cruise brands."

The new terminal, on the port's Adossat wharf, will increase Carnival's passenger capacity at the port, which is used by eight of the company's 10 global cruise line brands as both a destination and home port. Carnival is expecting to accommodate over one million passengers at the Port of Barcelona once its second cruise terminal is open in 2018.

Eight brands from Carnival Corporation - AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and P&O Cruises (UK) - visit Barcelona throughout the year.

Beginning April 2018, the terminal facilities will host inaugural sailings of the Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship. The AIDAperla is one of the world's first cruise ships to feature dual-fuel engines, which, depending on availability at the port, can also be operated with LNG.

Carnival's deployment of LNG-fuelled ships to Europe's leading cruise port supports the city's Air Quality Improvement Plan - proposed in November 2016 to effectively reduce emissions from port activities. In total, Carnival Corporation now has agreements in place to build seven fully LNG-powered cruise ships across four of its 10 global cruise brands in the coming years.

Carnival has a portfolio of 10 cruise brands comprising Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).

Together, these brands operate 102 ships visiting more than 700 ports around the world, with 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2022.






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