The world’s largest independent cruise port operator is to take over the running of a terminal in Tunisia in a joint venture with MSC Cruises.

Global Ports Holding announced today that it had been successful in a joint bid to the Tunisian government to acquire Goulette Shipping Cruise, the company that operates the cruise terminal in La Goulette.

La Goulette is the port of the country’s capital of Tunis.

The concession to operate the cruise port was awarded to Goulette Shipping Cruise in 2006 on a 30-year basis, with a right to extend the term for an additional 20 years.

While passenger volumes have been low in recent years, in 2010, La Goulette welcomed 900,000 passengers and between 2011-2014 it welcomed on average 441,000 cruise passengers a year.

“All parties will now work together to conclude the legal agreement for the acquisition and we will provide an update at our interim results in August 2019,” Global Port Holdings said today.