Italian shipping company inaugurates new 63,000 m2 passenger facility
Italian shipping company Grimaldi has opened its new €20 million ferry terminal in the Port of Barcelona.
Grimaldi Terminal Barcelona, designed by the architect Yannic Leveque of the company IDOM, is capable of handling 1,800 boarding and 1,800 disembarking passengers simultaneously. The terminal covers a total of 63,000 square metres and includes a three-storey building containing shopping and restaurant facilities, office space and a conference room.
An inauguration ceremony was held at the Catalonian port on Wednesday with the Minister of Development Ana Pastor, Grimaldi Group managing director Emanuele Grimaldi and the president of the Barcelona Port Authority Sixte Cambra among a number of distinguished guests in attendance to mark the occasion.
“The investment of Grimaldi will bring more wealth, more employment and better infrastructures especially for the citizens,” said Minister Pastor.
“The Ministry is actively working to reduce port charges and so that thanks to Grimaldi the city of Barcelona will be opened to the port and the port to the city.”
The Grimaldi Group has also been awarded a 15-year concession, renewable for a further seven and a half years, for Barcelona’s new container terminal Muelle Costa, which will form a key part of the European Union’s Motorways of the Sea initiative.