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Valenciaport Studies Baleària Offer To Construct And Operate New Passenger Terminal

Valenciaport studies Baleària offer to construct and operate new passenger terminal

The infrastructure will comprise some 63,000 m² and 13,462 sheets of concessioned water on the former land of the Unión Naval de Levante, between the Poniente pier and the Espigón del Turia pier – July 29, 2020 The project, which will be used for both regular ferry lines and cruises, forecasts annual traffic of 370,000 passengers in the first five years of operation. This morning
the meeting of the Contracting Table of Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia) took place to learn about the Baleària offer submitted to the tender for the construction and operation of the new passenger terminal of the Port of València and begin a study of it. This infrastructure will be located between the Poniente Pier and the Espigón del Turia Pier, in the area previously occupied by the Unión Naval de Valencia shipyard, which has approximately 100,000 m² and its concession will be granted for a 35-year term, extendable up to a maximum of 50 years. The shipping company Baleària, the only company to submit an offer, plans to build and operate the new passenger terminal in the port of València with a project that guarantees that 100% of the necessary electrical energy will be produced on-site and will be of renewable origin: photovoltaic, wind, renewable hydrogen or biofuel. According to the project submitted to the tender of the Port Authority of Valencia, the maritime station will operate with zero polluting emissions and will bet on the circular economy. The new passenger terminal, intended for both regular ferry and cruise lines, has been designed to become a benchmark for sustainability in the area around the port of València and generate added value for the seafront. Baleària, which aspires to be the concessionaire of the new passenger terminal, will invest more than €37 million in the infrastructure, which will comprise some 63,000 m² and 13,462 sheets of concessioned water on the former land of the Unión Naval de Levante (UNL), between the Poniente pier and the Espigón del Turia pier. The project prepared by Baleària contemplates annual traffic of 370,000 passengers in the first five years of operation (which would start in 2023), which would be around half a million in the following years, with an estimated annual growth of 2%, according to the conservative estimate of the shipping company. The company calculates that, during the life of the exploitation contract, the Port of Valencia Authority will collect around €70 million for the mandatory fees for ships, passengers and goods. In the old UNL facilities, the terminals for regular line passengers and cruise passengers will be located, with separate and independent spaces and operations. Four docks will be enabled for ferries and cruises. A 215-meter central dock: with docking on both sides for ferries and a north dock and a south dock for cruises. All will be prepared to host ro-ro and ro-pax ships. The new infrastructure of the port of València for international passenger traffic will have two esplanades of about 15,000 and 6,000 meters for pre-boarding from the south and west accesses. The project includes an Innovation and Eco-efficiency Center and a space for cultural revitalization. Global Ports, the partner for cruises Cruise management will be handled by Turkey’s Global Ports Holding (GPH), the world’s largest cruise operator, which will focus on a notable reduction in noise, in addition to recycling 100% of its waste at the biomethane plant that is It will build in that area and will also digest the ship’s waste and the terminal’s own waste to obtain biogas. This biofuel will feed a fleet of vehicles that will eventually be replaced by fully electric ones, rechargeable at the supply points enabled in the two car parks. There will be four times more charging points than those required by regulations. The Baleària project includes the preservation of the heritage elements of that environment that stand out for their historical value, as determined by the Demetrio Ribes chair of industrial archaeology. In addition to the ships, two cranes will be preserved, the water tower and the stands of the former UNL shipyards. Utor: “A beacon of sustainability and designed for people” The president of the company, Adolfo Utor, stressed that the new maritime station “will have a green heart, an intelligent spirit and will be a beacon of sustainability in the port of Valencia.” “It will be a milestone for our company, a modern space, a passenger terminal aligned with the eco-efficient policy in which Baleària is immersed with its smart ships and its commitment to the SDGs.” “We have opted for a rational infrastructure, designed for people, committed to proximity and to the quality of life for passengers, the city and the Nazareth neighbourhood. There is no better way to generate wealth than to not compromise the well-being of future generations ”, highlights the head of Baleària. The project also contemplates a training center of the Baleària Business School (EdEB) with offer in different areas of the maritime sector and especially directed to the Nazareth neighbourhood, within an action plan to involve the main actors and interest groups. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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