ZAL (Logistics Activities Area), and road and rail accesses

Current state

The port of Barcelona is the 14th European port regarding its total load, the 5th Mediterranean port (44.3 millions in 2011), with an average annual growth of 4.3% in recent years, and it is the first port of Spain concerning to turnover and goods value.

The relevance of the traffic is shown by:
  • Containers: 2.03 million TEUs in 2012, thus becoming the 9th European port and the 3rd Mediterranean port, with an average growth of 6.7% since 1996.
  • Vehicles transportation: 630,000 in 2011.
  •  Passengers: 3.8 million, it is the 1st Mediterranean port and the 4th worldwide with an average growth of an 11.5% in the last 16 years
It has a logistics activities area (ZAL) related to port activity and also an area linked to the city (Port Vell area), with nautical bases, hotels and public services.

Currently, the first phase of the new south terminal of containers has been completed, managed by Tercat, a company owned in 70% by the multinational enterprise Hutchinson Port Holding, which will be able to handle 2.5 million TEUs, to turn the port into an important gateway to Southern Europe.

And finally, a ZAL, a logistics activities area of 260 ha has already been established, being fully urbanised, constructed and occupied in a 75% by logistics companies related to port traffic.


Total area: 1.048 ha / 100,00 %

In 2000, the port had a surface of 436 ha, which should be extended up to 1,048 ha, with the construction of the south dike and east outer harbour, completely built today.

Port Strategic Plan and detailed planning of ZAL and Port Vell area are the urban planning instruments for the development of the project promoted by the Port of Barcelona, and the municipalities of Barcelona and El Prat de Llobregat.


The main goals of this project are: the development of roads and rail access projects, the proposal of the construction of a new railway terminal in the riverbed, and the achievement of the ZAL establishment.


The project for a specific road for trucks connecting the Ronda Litoral to the new port has been planned.

Besides, the construction of a 4.5 km rail access connecting the port and its rail terminals is also planned, with both Iberian and international gauge, already constructed, so as to achieve an increase of the rail freight from 11% to 30% in the nearest future.

There is also the project of a new railway terminal, with  port and mixed character, in the old riverbed.