The Port of Barcelona makes progress in the decarbonization process.

The Port of Barcelona has begun work on the electrification of the Adossat dock to supply renewable energy to cruise ships. The future MSC terminal will have the Port’s first OPS (Onshore Power Supply) for cruise ships.

The OPS is a system for connecting ships to the electrical grid, making it possible for vessels to turn off their engines when docked, significantly reducing atmospheric emissions, and eliminating noise. The Port of Barcelona will have the first OPS for cargo ships this year and in 2026 the first OPS for cruise ships will be operational. The tender, which must be approved by the Council of Ministers, has a budget of 14,524,755.63 euros.

At the same time and within the same Nexigen Project, the construction of a battery of seven underground pipelines that will connect the Energy and Adosado docks has been awarded. The construction will allow connecting the OPS of the cruise terminals of the Adosado wharf to the medium voltage network that will supply them with electricity.

The connection will be 700 meters long and will pass 32 meters below sea level, crossing the navigation channel. It will guarantee the future supply of general services to the terminals planned for the Adossat dock.


Onshore Power Supply (OPS) is a technique that consists of connecting the ships moored in the port to the electrical grid. This makes it possible to shut down their engines during berthing as they are no longer needed for power generation. This saves energy and emissions.

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