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Terminal 46 is targeted for the new cruise facility (click map to enlarge) MAP: Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle shortlist for new cruise facility at Terminal 46

Three groups were shortlisted by the Port of Seattle in its process for selecting a partner to develop a new cruise facility at the the north end of Terminal 46.

They are Cruise Industry Leaders Group, a partnership including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., MSC Cruises, Carnival Corp. and SSA Marine, a subsidiary of Carrix; Global Ports Holding and Civil & Building North America; and Ports America with Jacobs Engineering Group.

Cruise Industry Leaders Group

Cruise giants Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Carnival Corp. are all seasoned port builders and operators; of the three, fast-growing MSC does not yet have ships on the West Coast but this indicates that may change. Seattle-based partner SSA Marine is a giant in marine terminal operations whose cruise business includes the Port of Seattle's Smith Cove Terminal at Pier 91.

Global Ports Holding-Civil & Building North America

Global Ports Holding, world's largest cruise port operator, has been expanding into the Americas with ports in The Bahamas and the Caribbean; this would be a first West Coast location. Partner Civil & Building North America is part of Bouygues Group, a Paris-based global player in construction, with operations in more than 60 countries.

Ports America-Jacobs Engineering Group

Ports America is the largest stevedore and terminal operator in the US, operating in more than 42 ports and 80 locations. Its cruise business includes the Port of Seattle's Pier 66 and the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center. Partner Jacobs Engineering Group is a design, engineering, construction and technical services firm with offices around the world.

'We are delighted about the prospect of partnering with each of these highly qualified teams,' said Stephanie Jones Stebbins, managing director of the port’s maritime division and leader of the selection team. 'Each group showed exciting and innovative ideas in how we can work together to deliver a new cruise terminal that will provide an incredible experience for passengers while benefiting the surrounding community.'

$200m facility

Total cost of the facility is projected at $200m with the port having committed $100m to a public-private partnership. Estimated completion is second quarter 2022.

The facility, alongside continuing container operations, would provide a fourth berth for Seattle's booming cruise business, which currently generates $500m a season in revenue for local businesses.

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