The plan for the enlargement of the Port of Malaga began to be studied by the end of the 20th century. It comes from the idea of creating a container and multipurpose terminal, and from the necessity of building a dock to protect this new terminal. The protecting dock was going to be dedicated to cruise traffic.
It is a 1,800m long dock heading South. The project, beginning in 1997, was officially inaugurated on July 24th 2001. It was co-financed by the Port Authority of Malaga and the EU through ERDF.
Container and vehicle Terminal – Quay n. 9:
It is a 400,000 sqm platform gained to the sea. It started operations in April 2004, being the operator the Spanish company Terminales del Sudeste (today NOATUM Container Terminal Málaga). It offers a 723m long quay with 17m depth, plus a 170m long ro-ro berth. The Project was co-financed by the Port Authority of Malaga and Dragados SPL (private company owning Terminales del Sudeste at that time), and ERDF.
Cruise Terminals A and B:
A great Passenger Terminal was projected in the Eastern Area, to be developed in two phases. The complete project consists of a 13,700sqm building and two cruise berths. The first phase of the terminal (Terminal B) was inaugurated, together with the Southern berth, on December 23rd 2007, beginning operations in February 2008. It was financed by the Port Authority of Malaga and ERDF. The terminal is operated by the company Cruceros Málaga, S.A. The Northern berth was inaugurated in October 2009, and its construction was financed following the same model as the terminal and the Southern berth.
In may 2011, the second stage (Terminal A) was finished, financing coming from Cruceros Málaga, S.A., who is also operating the facility.
New road access to the Eastern Area:
Road access to the Passenger Terminals, the Eastern Dock and the new marina has been enlarged, making the connection to the entrance of the Port easier and more secure. The works were finished in 2011, and were financed by the Port Authority and ERDF.