Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) September 17, 2019 – Barcelona port has presented this week at the Seatrade Europe fair, Hamburg, the sustainable projects it is developing in relation to the cruise industry.
Mar Pérez, Chief of Cruises of the Port of Barcelona, and Gemma Gracia, held meetings with the main shipping companies during which they have explained the strategy that the Catalan port runs in terms of sustainability, both at the environmental, social and economic levels, and have advanced the studies that are being carried out to electrify the quays, so that all ships, also cruises, work with clean energy when docked.
Mar Pérez pointed out that “the port of Barcelona already provides services to ships that use liquified natural gas (LNG). In fact, with regard to cruises, this season the port has hosted AIDANova, the first LNG-propelled world cruise ship.
By 2020, the Chief of Cruises added that 10% of all the cruise visits to the Port of Barcelona will be from LNG-powered vessels, a fuel that reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides by 85%.
The Port of Barcelona is locating all traffic of cruises ships to the Moll Adossat dock and the idea is to have it electrified as soon as possible.
Within the different activities carried out in Seatrade Europe, Mar Pérez and Gemma Gràcia attended a round table on the relationships between cruise ships, ports and the cities. Along with ports like Split, Saint Nazaire and Aruba, the two representatives of the Port Barcelona joined an interesting debate with Emilio Freeman, Vice President, Destinations & Revenue Management of SeaDream Yacht Club, and Michel Nestour, Vice President, Global Port and Destination Development EuroMed of Carnival Corporation.
The Port of Barcelona plans to close this year 2019 with a traffic of 3.2 million cruise passengers and About 830 stairs, figures very similar to those of 2018.
Source: Port de Barcelona
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