During the Seatrade Europe fair, which took place in Hamburg, the Port of Barcelona presented the most sustainable projects it is developing in relation to the cruise industry. Mar Pérez, head of Cruises of the Port of Barcelona, and Gemma Gracia, of this department, held meetings with the main shipping companies during which they explained the strategy that the port follows in terms of sustainability, at environmental, social and economic levels.
“The Port of Barcelona already serves ships that run on LNG. In fact, when it comes to cruises, this season the AIDANova, the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ship, is operating with us. And at the end of October the Costa Smeralda will arrive, the second cruise that uses LNG,” said Pérez.
The head of Cruises also reported that from next year “10% of all cruise ship scales that will be in the Port of Barcelona will be from LNG-powered ships, a fuel that reduces nitrogen oxides emissions by 85% and completely eliminates emissions of particles and sulfur oxides”.
The Port of Barcelona is also displacing all cruise traffic to the Attached Dock and the idea is to have this infrastructure electrified as soon as possible. “We want to be prepared to allow cruise ships to plug into the electricity when they are in the Port, providing clean energy to ships from land,” Pérez added.
Source: Port of Barcelona