• 2018 May 6 12:58

    Carnival Corporation opens Helix cruise center at Port of Barcelona

    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. The ceremony included Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation; Julio Gómez-Pomar Rodríguez, secretary of state for infrastructures, transport and housing for the government of Spain; Enric Millo, government delegate in Catalonia; Ricard Font, secretary of infrastructure and mobility for the government of Catalonia; Agustí Colom, councilor of tourism, commerce and markets for the Barcelona City Council; Jose Llorca, chairman of Puertos del Estado; and Sixte Cambra, president of the Port of Barcelona.

    During the ceremony, the company revealed that Helix cruise center will be the name of its new 12,500 square meter state-of-the-art terminal. At over 46 million euros, the Helix terminal and the company's existing terminal at the port represent Carnival Corporation's largest combined terminal investment in Europe.

    Designed by Catalan architecture firm Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, the company's newest cruise terminal reflects modern and graceful architectural style with straight lines, creating a contemporary and comfortable guest environment designed to enhance the embarkation and disembarkation process for cruise guests.

    Also making its debut shortly will be the port's first public parking facility, providing guests embarking on cruises with access to nearly 300 parking spaces. In addition, the Helix 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.

    "After years of working closely with our extraordinary partners in Barcelona, including the port, its support network of local businesses and the city, we are absolutely thrilled to introduce our world-class Helix cruise center to welcome guests from around the world to Europe's best-loved cruise port and to Barcelona, one of the world's greatest cities and regions," said Giora Israel, senior vice president of global ports and destination development for Carnival Corporation. "As the world's largest cruise company with more than 100 ships that sail to over 700 destinations across the globe, our goal is to provide our guests with extraordinary vacations, and we are confident that our new terminal will help us enhance the overall experience for our guests. The terminal stands as a tribute to the remarkable appeal of Barcelona and the entire country as one of the world's most beautiful, vibrant and compelling destinations. We are proud of the work that has been accomplished together with the port, city, government, business and community. We now look forward to working with the port of Barcelona and its community partners to make the cruise terminal a highly efficient and customer-friendly operation."

    "We have a long history of working with Carnival Corporation and its cruise line brands," said Cambra, president of Port of Barcelona.
    "Barcelona needs operators strongly committed to its visitors, but also to the city," said Colom, councilor of tourism, commerce and markets for the Barcelona City Council. "We need operators with whom we can work side by side to improve the sustainability and the social return that tourist activity generates in the city, reducing to the maximum its externalities. We are already collaborating with the port and the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) in this direction, and it will be essential to also have the active involvement of important cruise line operators, such as Carnival Corporation, who have clearly opted for Barcelona, to have a port for the city, more straightforward, open and much more citizen."

    The Helix cruise center, located on the port's Adossat wharf, is a tribute to extraordinary local expertise, talent and vision, as Carnival Corporation teamed with local officials and companies to design and build one of the world's most spectacular and functional cruise terminals.

    Eight brands from Carnival Corporation – AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and P&O Cruises (UK) – visit Barcelona throughout the year, with six of those eight brands operating full or partial homeporting in Barcelona in 2018. Carnival Corporation is expecting to accommodate over one million passenger movements at the port in 2018, with 289 calls by 38 different ships.

    Carnival Corporation guests who visit Catalonia can take advantage of a variety of excursions, such as strolling the Girona historic quarter or visiting the multi-peaked rocky range of Montserrat and its Benedictine abbey, and exploring attractions within or around Barcelona, such as Gaudí Crypt in Sant Boi de Llobregat or Poble Nou and its beaches.

    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.

    In addition to its ships that will pioneer the use of LNG, the company has been an industry leader with another environmental technology breakthrough, making exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) highly functional in the small confines of a cruise ship. Currently Carnival Corporation has more than 60 percent of its fleet outfitted with the systems, which significantly improve air emissions by reducing sulfur compounds and particulate matter from exhaust. Further, about 40 percent of the fleet was equipped with cold ironing capabilities by the end of 2017, enabling ships to use an alternative power source in port where available.

    The construction of Carnival Corporation's second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona secured local employment for up to 150 people through its work with local contractor companies Vopi 4 S.A., Elecnor S.A., Project Facilities Management SL and their subcontractors, as well as gangway manufacturer Adelte S.A.; specialist seat manufacturer Figueras International Seating, which designed a new bench specially for the terminal; and the existing team of local architect and engineering firms Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, Static Engineering and PGI Engineering.

    The Port of Barcelona was recognized as the best global turnaround port by the trade magazine Cruise Insight – a distinction it has received several times in recent years. More than half of cruise passengers visiting the Port of Barcelona begin and end their journey there, which is a major economic benefit for Catalonia and the city. According to a 2016 study from the University of Barcelona, cruise passengers who begin or end their cruise vacation in Barcelona on average spend 2.8 days in the city before or after their trip and spend around 230 euros per day.

    According to the updated study, cruise activity at the Port of Barcelona generates an annual turnover of 790 million euros in Barcelona, contributing 411 million euros to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Barcelona. The study also shows that cruise activity at the port generates 6,809 jobs and has other positive effects on the local economy such as the increase of activity at Aeroport del Prat. The company's positive economic impact will increase with the launch of Carnival Corporation's Helix cruise center.

    Carnival Corporation operates five additional global ports, including Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic; Puerta Maya in Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Turk Cruise Center in Turks and Caicos Islands; Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras; and Long Beach in California. Carnival Corporation also operates two private island destinations in the Caribbean, Princess Cays and Half Moon Cay. In total, Carnival Corporation cruise ships visit over 700 ports of call around the world.

    About Carnival Corporation & plc

    Carnival Corporation & plc is the world's largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of 10 dynamic brands that include nine of the world's leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard, as well as Fathom, the corporation's immersion and enrichment experience brand.

    Together, the corporation's cruise lines operate 103 ships with 234,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2023. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

    Companies" in both the design and travel categories. Fast Company specifically recognized Carnival Corporation for its work in developing Ocean Medallion™, a high-tech wearable device that enables the world's first interactive guest experience platform capable of transforming vacation travel into a highly personalized and elevated level of customized service.




2024 March 5

13:12 Jan De Nul extends connectivity contract with Castor Marine for full fleet
12:53 LR and NPL lead maritime autonomy workshop in Japan
12:26 MOL and TLT sign long-term charter deal for newbuilding LNG carrier
11:42 Wartsila collaborates with leading naval engineering firm to reduce port emissions across North America
10:45 Singapore and Australia formalise collaboration to establish Green and Digital Shipping Corridor
10:29 Samsung Heavy Industries wins US$149 million order for 1 shuttle tanker
09:58 MAN Energy Solutions and China Classification Society expand dual-fuel methanol agreement

2024 March 4

18:07 CMB Euronav deal challenged in Belgium
17:30 The Port of Virginia opens wider channel
17:13 German container ports' hinterland rail freight grows
16:47 CMA CGM partners with Nike to reduce the carbon footprint
16:14 CMA CGM and Shanghai International Port sign TSA extension
15:46 bound4blue completes eSAILs installation on Airbus-chartered LDA vessel
14:45 Samskip begins construction phase of its next – generation zero-emission short sea container vessel
14:15 Veer to select a shipyard to construct first 100% zero-emission ocean container ship
13:22 Diamond Offshore Drilling signs contract extension with a subsidiary of bp in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for the Ocean BlackHornet
12:38 Yara and ACME sign a binding agreement for supply of green ammonia
12:13 Global schedule reliability drops 5.1% in January 2024
11:42 MOL Chemical Tankers сompletes acquisition of Fairfield Chemical Carriers
11:03 Nautical SUNRISE Project to facilitate R&D of the largest Offshore Floating Solar power plant in the world
10:24 Topsoe reports record financial results for 2023

2024 March 3

15:33 Yara and ACME signed a binding agreement for supply of green ammonia
14:16 KfW IPEX-Bank finances Duisburg Gateway Terminal
12:27 Greece and Germany enhance cooperation in shipping sector
10:08 Panama Canal generates $3,630 million for the country's economy while government dithers

2024 March 2

15:29 SolarDuck and its two partners ink collaboration agreement for a grid-scale offshore hybrid wind-solar project in Italy
13:41 Port of LA awards $1.5M in community investment grants for FY2023/24
11:18 Canadian Coast Guard issues fine for a hazardous vessel
09:37 IAA PortNews’ top headlines, Week 09

2024 March 1

18:00 Altera Infrastructure announces strategic divestment of ALP Maritime Services
17:31 Yangzijiang Shipbuilding books $7.1 billion of newbuilds in 2023
17:14 Sanmar starts construction of the world’s first methanol-fuelled escort tugs
16:41 The Green Award welcomes 8 New Japanese ports
16:05 HAV Group signs contract for design of Lavik-Oppedal ferries
15:52 KOTUG acquires joint venture interest in Kotug Seabulk Maritime
15:14 Equinor's Empire Wind 1 and Orsted's Sunrise Wind secure contracts in New York’s offshore wind projects
14:23 Fujairah bunker sales rise to five-month high in January 2024
13:51 Russia exported more than 700,000 metric tons of oil products from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk in 2023 using small river barges
13:24 APM Terminals announces maiden call of Nordics only direct service to South America
12:56 Hapag-Lloyd increases rates from North Europe to India, Pakistan, Red Sea and Arabian Gulf
12:21 Ankara’s Port Başkent OIZ Eti Logistics Ankara Intermodal Terminal starts operations
11:42 European Commission makes €1bn available for recharging and refuelling points
11:17 ABB to supply Sea Change shore power connection at Portsmouth’s port
10:41 Karish North and second gas export riser online and new GSPA signed
09:48 MAN Energy Solutions opens up service hub in Singapore

2024 February 29

18:02 Gentari partners with SEDC Energy for Sarawak H2 hub
17:35 Port of Tanjung Pelepas inks purchase agreement for 6 ULCV quay cranes
17:12 BV research confirms central role of operational and energy efficiency in meeting shipping’s 2050 carbon budget
16:42 President Vladimir Putin encourages foreign companies to actively use the opportunities of the NSR
16:14 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 09, 2024
15:56 President Putin calls for upgrading the country’s inland waterways core infrastructure
15:24 The Bollore Group and the CMA CGM Group announce the successful sale of Bollore Logistics to CMA CGM
14:41 CMA CGM resumes operations in the Red Sea
14:09 TotalEnergies to supply Sembcorp with 0.8 Mtpa of LNG for 16 years
13:44 MOL and Idemitsu Kosan to launch demonstration test of recycling used plastics generated aboard VLCC
13:22 Six Arctic expeditions on the 50 Let Pobedy nuclear icebreaker planned for 2024
13:15 NYK Group acquires UK-based delivery platform business for e-commerce operators
13:07 President Vladimir Putin: Russia intends to build effective logistics corridors with friendly countries
12:51 TECO 2030 and Umoe Mandal receives preliminary approval for high-speed vessel design
12:14 ClassNK has awarded AiP for the design of a multi-functional floating offshore windfarm support vessel
11:30 Port Houston container volumes up 4% to 332,961 TEUs in Jan 2024
11:10 Swedbank adopts Poseidon Principles for carbon footprint reporting of shipping portfolio
10:42 Authorities give Conoco Phillips permission to launch Eldfisk nord in the North Sea
10:24 LNG dual-fuel BYD Explorer No.1 visits Bremerhaven for the first time
09:47 DeepOcean to inspect pipelines for Equinor

2024 February 28

18:07 Fratelli Cosulich takes delivery of second LNG bunkering vessel
17:44 Idemitsu, Mitsubishi and Proman join forces to develop a clean ammonia project in the United States
17:13 CULines and IAL to launch a new South China – Vietnam – Thailand service SCT2 in March
16:47 Saudi container line Folk Maritime launched
16:25 China's shipbuilding industry grows in 2023 under US sanctions