Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company, officially opened its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona with an inauguration ceremony attended by government, business and community representatives on May 5. The terminal will accommodate Carnival Corporation’s new class of next-generation “green” cruise ships that will be fully operated by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.
During the ceremony, the company revealed that the new 12,500 square meter state-of-the-art terminal, located on the port’s Adossat wharf, will be known as the Helix cruise centre. At over 46 million euros (USD 54.4M), the Helix terminal and the company’s existing terminal at the port represent Carnival Corporation’s largest combined terminal investment in Europe.
“In a city and region known for its inspiring and beautiful architecture, it is exciting to have Carnival Corporation’s stunning Helix cruise center grace the Port of Barcelona as our newest landmark,” said Richard Font, secretary of infrastructure and mobility for the government of Catalonia. “We appreciate Carnival Corporation having such a positive impact on our local economy and employment and for making such a significant investment in our region – the company’s commitment underscores our shared enthusiasm that Barcelona will always be one of the top destinations in the world.”
Carnival Corporation’s deployment of LNG-fueled ships to the port supports the pioneering Air Quality Improvement Plan proposed by the Port of Barcelona in November 2016 to effectively reduce emissions from port activities. Last year, Barcelona became the first cruise port in the Mediterranean with facilities to supply cruise ships with LNG. In total, Carnival Corporation currently has agreements in place to build nine fully LNG-powered cruise ships across four of its nine global cruise brands in coming years.
Source: Carnival Corporation & plc