The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has approved this morning the award to the Valencian company Balearia Eurolineas Marítimas SA the construction and operation of the new public passenger terminal in the Port of Valencia.
This infrastructure will be located between the Poniente Dock and the Perfecto Palacio Dock, in the area previously occupied by the Unión Naval de Valencia shipyard, and will have approximately 1, square meters. The investment planned by the Valencian shipping company based in Denia to develop this project will exceed 37 million euros, while the PAV will contribute another 61.8 million euros.
In total, nearly 1 million euros for the new public passenger terminal, which will be a model infrastructure in terms of environmental and social sustainability, accessibility and new technologies. This facility will become a benchmark for the surroundings of the Port of Valencia, it will generate added value to the maritime façade and will provide a service to the city and citizens.
It will be destined to serve the regular national and international passenger lines, among which lines between Valencia and the Balearic Islands and Algeria already operate, -with separate and independent operations and spaces-, as well as cruise traffic and ro-ro cargo. ro» (platforms or vehicles that access ships with their own means). Therefore, it will have four berths, one of them allowing the Scale of boats up to 36 meters in length and another wharf at least 25 meters long. A central jetty of 215 meters will be built for the docking of ferries.
Operations for regular and cruise passenger traffic will be separated and with different spaces. The objective is to lead the traffic of people and companies between the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, with a commitment by the future Valencian terminal operator to serve 37, passengers in the first year on regular line ferries and cruise ships and up to 472, in the fifth year.
For the management of the cruises, Balearia will incorporate the experience of Global Ports Holding (GPH), which will contribute all its know-how to the project and its commitment to a more sustainable cruise offer with less environmental impact.
The most eco-sustainable terminal
The project submitted to the contest put out by the APV collects all the contributions of the Valencia City Council in environmental matters and has the maximum consensus. The maritime station will work with zero polluting emissions, will bet on the circular economy and will have a space for cultural revitalization.
The new passenger terminal at the Port of Valencia guarantees that 1% of the electrical energy required will be produced in the facilities themselves and will be of renewable origin: photovoltaic, wind, renewable hydrogen or biofuel. balearia proposes to have 1 mini-wind turbines to produce 6, kWh/yearsolar panels on the roofs with an estimated generation of 1,459,62 kWh/year, an electrolysis system from water, and a fuel cell system to produce electricity from that hydrogen with an expected generation of 39,525 kWh/year. year, among others.
All of its docks will be equipped with an electrical supply network for the moored ships, thus making it easier to stop the engines and their emissions when they are visiting Valencia. The terminal will recycle 1% of the waste it generates in a biomethane plant that it will be built expressly for this purpose; and will treat the waste from the ships and the building itself to obtain biogas.
All these measures will be complemented with centralized control and management systems for the facilities, intelligent consumption systems, lighting with LED technologies, electric charger systems to be installed in car parks and a carbon footprint monitoring system.
Preliminary conditioning works
The project presented by Balèaria has a budget of more than 37 million euros, to which must be added an investment of more than 61 million from the PAV destined for the conditioning of the plot and the rehabilitation of the old shipyard, adaptation of the berths at Espigón del Turia and Grada Dock and Fund, among other works. The PAV is finalizing the drafting of the construction projects, so the execution of the works is expected to begin in approximately 14 months in the case of the Perfect Palace Dock, 18 months for the Grada Dock.
The PAV has already conditioned part of the plot of the old shipyard of the Port of Valencia, where the four elements of the old shipyard cataloged by the Demetrio Ribes Chair of Industrial Archeology of the University of Valencia as pieces of artistic historical value have been kept. Specifically, it is the water tank, the shipbuilding slipway, two cranes and the most emblematic ships.
In fact, it has already been restored historic water reservoir of the former Naval Union of Levante, which for a few months has been bearing the name ‘Port of Valencia’ with the corporate colors of the port administration (blue and white) to give greater visibility to the name of the port, both from land and from the side sea.