New pulp and paper terminal for Port of Tarragona



EUROPORTS Iberica, Tarragona, Spain


EUROPORTS Iberica (previously TPS Tarragona Port Services) is a company that has operated in the Port of Tarragona for more than 40 years.

It became part of the EUROPORTS Group inMarch 2007.

The Port of Tarragona is situated on the western Mediterranean Sea between the ports of Barcelona and Valencia.

Today it is the fifth largest port in Spain, but even in these difficult economic times it has large ambitions to increase its volumes and position in the Mediterranean market, based on a strategy of targeted investment and partnership with the private sector.

The most important step is the development of the new DP World container terminal, which is attracting significant new business to the Tarragona region.

Tarragona Port has traditionally focussed on heavy traffic to support the industrial hinterland of the Cataluña region in Spain.

As a result, Tarragona is a leading port in handling heavy dry bulk materials such as coal, liquids and petroleum. A new area of the Port is now being developed, focussing more on consumer-based activities such as cars, containers and logistics.

These developments are all being centred in a new and clean area of the port.

Within this zone EUROPORTS Iberica is developing a brand new terminal dedicated to forest products, steel and project cargo.

Historically, forest products in Spain have been handled via a variety of small regional ports serving specific parts of the market.

These ports have not been able to develop the economies of scale as happened at large terminals in northern Europe, and this has impacted on the competiveness of the Spanish paper industry.

Currently, large ships from South America have to make multiple port calls around the coast of Spain, adding significant cost to the supply chain.

Existing terminals do not have the critical mass and consequently are cost inefficient.

The Westerlund Group, now 100 percent part of EUROPORTS, is a world leader in the handling and logistics of paper, pulp and other forest products and provides a complete service to industry through its marine terminals in Antwerp, Rouen and Changshu.

Together with the other EUROPORTS terminals in Finland and Germany, the company now handles over 10 million tonnes of forest products annually.

The new Westerlund Iberica terminal in Tarragona will be equipped with specialised forklifts to handle pulp and paper, and has been designed to the highest quality standards with the knowledge and experience gained from within the Group.

The new Westerlund Iberica terminal will comprise of:

• A total area of 6 ha

• Four 8,500m2 warehouses

• Draught of 16.5m

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