A Catalan company wins the contract to manage Singapore’s new cruise ship terminal
The current authority of five cruise ship terminals at the Port of Barcelona will manage the Asian terminal from 2012. The new Singapore terminal will handle the biggest cruises in Southeast Asia, with ships up to 300 metres long and with a capacity of 6,000 passengers
Barcelona (ACN). - The Catalan company \u2018Creuers del Port de Barcelona\u2019 has won a contract to manage the new Singapore cruise ship terminal. The current authority of five out of the seven cruise ship terminals at the Port of Barcelona will lead the development of this new Southeast Asian port. The Singapore terminal will have the capacity to handle the biggest ships in the region measuring as long as 300 metres and with a capacity of 6,000 passengers each.
\u2018Creuers del Port de Barcelona\u2019 has won the international tender and aims to make the new Singapore terminal a \u201Cregional hub for cruises\u201D. The Catalans have won the concession for 10 years, expandable to five more if required. The company will have to manage the terminal together with the local enterprise SATS in what will become its first international investment.
\u2018Creuers del Port de Barcelona\u2019 is 20% owned by the Port of the Catalan capital. It also manages two terminals in Malaga on the Costa del Sol. The objective of \u2018Creuers del Port de Barcelona\u2019 is to \u201Cpromote the cruise ship industry\u201D in Singapore and \u201Cconsolidate\u201D the city as the \u201Cmain regional hub for cruise ships and the first port of call in Southeast Asia\u201D, said the director of the company Carles Domingo.
Up to one million passengers passed through the Port of Singapore in 2010, and experts consider the area to have \u201Can important potential for growth\u201D in the cruise ship sector. In Catalonia, the company that was awarded the contract to manage the port has made Barcelona the first port for cruise ships in Europe and the Mediterranean, and the fourth port of call in the world. In 2011, the Port of Barcelona received more than 2.6 million passengers.