A new (Spanish) home in the Mediterranean for cruise ships – Chinese investment?

Iberian Pennisula

Cruise ships and large vessels now have a new place to berth in Tarragona, Spain, following the completion of the new Balears Pier in the Port of Tarragona, which was inaugurated at the end of October 2021 when it welcomed its first cruise ship. Offering 700 linear metres of berthing and a total surface area of 40,000 square metres, the new pier can accommodate two ships at one time. This additional capacity represents an important step forward for both the quantity and quality of cruise traffic to the Spanish port - more.

On 3 Dec 2021,The Port of Tarragona inaugurated the new Balears Wharf, a new multipurpose infrastructure.

Tarragona, on the cruise map

For the president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep M Cruset, “in two years this new wharf will allow us to return to the record figure of 128,000 passengers we reached in 2019”. He added that “the construction of the new cruise terminal would mean having a new convenient functional area of more than 5,000 m2 to provide an improved service to cruise ship passengers in the coming seasons”. – Port of Tarragona inaugurates the new Balearic Wharf – Late Cruise News

More than 30 million euros has been invested in the development of this new infrastructure


Photo from its inaugration festivities. Find out more about the construction phases – Port of Tarragona inaugurates the new Balearic Wharf - Blue Economy - موقع بحري شامل

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Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain. It is the capital of the Province of Tarragona, and part of Tarragonès and Catalonia.


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