New berth for Port Canaveral's Cruise Terminal 3 advances

Intermarine LLC's Ocean Globe delivered 261 steel pipes with 36-inch diameters and lengths up to 126 feet Intermarine LLC's Ocean Globe delivered 261 steel pipes with 36-inch diameters and lengths up to 126 feet PHOTO: Canaveral Port Authority

Waterside construction at Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3 is under way and a new 1,309-foot-long berth is about to take shape with the arrival of the first steel for the bulkhead wall. 

Home to Carnival's LNG-powered 'XL' newbuild

The $150m CT-3—terminal, related landside structures and roadway improvements—will be Port Canaveral's largest single capital project in its 65-year history. The facility will become home to Carnival Cruise Line's 180,000gt newbuild, currently dubbed 'XL'—the largest ship in its fleet and the first cruise ship in the Americas to be powered by LNG.

Intermarine LLC’s Ocean Globe, a 545-foot multi-purpose US-flag vessel, arrived at the port this week to discharge 261 steel pipes ranging in length from 110.5 feet to 126 feet. The 36-inch-diameter pipe piles will be part of an A-frame structure under construction at the berth that will anchor to the waterfront bulkhead wall.

Critical milestone

'The initial delivery of steel "A" frame components on the jobsite is a critical milestone in the progress of building the marine facility for the new CT-3,' said Bill Crowe, VP engineering, construction and facilities. 'The project team at Port Canaveral, including the contractor RUSH Marine, is increasingly excited for the completion of our new landmark cruise terminal for Carnival Corporation.'

Waterside construction of the new berth got under way in September, beginning with the demolition of existing pier structures at the site and installation of protective barriers to prevent erosion resulting from wake and wave action generated by vessels transiting the main channel.

Use of lightweight aggregate

In a first for the port, a lightweight aggregate will be used in construction as backfill to reduce long-term settlement of the berth. This reduces load on the bulkhead wall, allowing a reduction in the size of the steel and substantially decreasing construction costs. The aggregate material is manufactured from various clays produced by a rotary kiln process.

CT-3's completion is planned in time for the June 2020 arrival of the Carnival newbuild.

The marine works are expected to be finished by end of November 2019. Two passenger boarding bridges for the terminal are currently in the design/build process. Terminal and parking garage construction are expected to start this January and be completed in April 2020.

Posted 29 November 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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