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Los Angeles revives plan to develop Outer Harbor cruise terminal

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In this 2015 photo, a Royal Caribbean ship is at Berth 46 in the Outer Harbor, which is used for overflow traffic on busy cruise days. The port is now looking to develop two Outer Harbor berths for the biggest cruise vessels PHOTO: Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles signaled a development opportunity for an Outer Harbor cruise terminal at Berths 46 and 50, with plans to release a request for proposals later this fall.

More than a decade ago, the port had identified the Outer Harbor for cruise expansion but things never moved forward.

For the West Coast's largest cruise ships

The proposal is intended for cruise lines, terminal operators and real estate developers interested in creating a new terminal that could handle the largest passenger ships on the West Coast.

The site would be the closest terminal location to the open ocean. On the south end of an extensive LA Waterfront development, the 13-acre area offers panoramic views of the coastline and Catalina Island. The area is currently used as a concert venue, special event site and for overflow cruise berthing on busy days.

Option to bid on operating existing cruise facilities

The opportunity includes development, operation and maintenance of two berths and landside terminal facilities, on and offsite parking and other amenities. An additional optional opportunity would enable a developer to bid for operating the port’s existing cruise facilities, including the World Cruise Center at Berths 91-93, plus seasonal use of Berths 54-55.

The Outer Harbor facilities must accommodate ships longer than 1,100 feet that carry more than 5,000 passengers. Due to the seasonality of the current cruise business in Los Angeles, the new cruise facilities are expected to facilitate alternative uses such as filming, conferences, events and other agreed-upon purposes when no ships are in port.

Further information is here.