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Belgium-China consortium wins $166m Panama cruise terminal contract

Rendering of the future Amador Cruise Terminal
The consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, formed by Belgium’s Jan de Nul and Beijing-based China Harbour Engineering Co. (CHEC), was awarded a $165.7m contract by Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) to design, develop and build the Amador Cruise Terminal at the Panama Canal Pacific entrance.

Jan de Nul participated in the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal that built the third set of locks and has also been awarded the construction of the expansion of PSA-Panama Terminal on the Pacific side to double its capacity to 2m TEU while CHEC, a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co. Ltd., has been present in the isthmus for some years, having been awarded the construction of Evergreen’s Colón Container Terminal expansion, amongst other projects.

'The AMP and the country will have a project that will be the jewel of the Pacific and will come to drive our national tourism,' said Panama’s minister of maritime affairs and administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority.

The work will be carried out within 24 months. The terminal will have capacity to accommodate two ships of 360 metres in length, with a capacity of 5,000 passengers per vessel, in an area whose draught must reach 10.5 metres and be able to receive cruise ships at any time of day, regardless of the condition of the tide.

The terminal will have an area with parking for 300 vehicles, 60 spaces for buses and 25 for trucks. An environmentally friendly administrative building of approximately 10,800 square metres will be built to serve the 10,000 passengers when the port is in full operation. This building will have a green building certification, with more than two hectares as a green area and paths, which should be integrated with the other spaces included in the project.

The cruise terminal will be a public port and will be administered by the AMP, a measure aiming at ensuring that this terminal provides quality service to all operators using it and not limit the use to any cruise company in particular.

For these operational purposes and in order to provide an efficient and excellent service, the AMP will soon sign a cooperation agreement with the port of Hamburg and has already begun talks with the port of Valparaíso in Chile to sign technical agreements.

Reporting by Michele Labrut in Panama

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