Expansion of the Port of Barcelona

The expansion of the Port of Barcelona, southern Europe’s leading trade and logistical hub, addressed the desire to optimise the management of shipping traffic and also to offer better interconnections for the region’s communication and transport means (land, air, rail and sea).  The now completed project was funded by the European Commission through the Cohesion Fund in the amount of €277.2 million, the total project cost being €523 million.

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The project involved the construction of the South and East Breakwaters at the Port of Barcelona, cornerstones of the vast expansion project for this structure.

The works have more than doubled the total area of sheltered water, which has risen from 374 to 793 hectares, and have extended the land surface area in order to house new wharfs and cruise terminals. The total area of sea that has been gained, to offer a visual comparison, amounts to the space occupied by the 380 housing blocks in the Eixample area.

The South Breakwater is 4.8 km long and has a draught of 22 metres, whilst the extension of the East Breakwater gives a total length of 2 km and a draught of 25 metres. The projects were completed with a series of modernisation works on the Llobregat Delta, including the new beach on the south shore. 

Following the expansion, the new port now boasts 29 709 metres of berth lines, a capacity that enables it notably to:

  • welcome new ship lines;
  • offer more services;
  • consolidate its position as a gateway into the South of Europe for goods from the Far East

The port has become the  hub of the logistical platform that is the Llobregat Delta, one of the main nerve centres of the European communications network.

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