The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) held a ceremony on 18th October to mark the start of the construction of the new Amador Cruise Port.
A complete new cruise terminal at the Pacific side of Panama will be built over the next 18 months, according to one of the construction partners – Jan De Nul.
The design and construction of the Amador cruise terminal, at Perico Island, was awarded by the AMP to the consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, integrated by Jan De Nul Panama and China Harbour Engineering Co.
This new cruise terminal will have two berths in which two cruise ships with a capacity of up to 5,000 pax can berth simultaneously.
“This infrastructure project is key to boost Panama’s economic development,” Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, pointed out.
As a member of the consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, Jan De Nul Panama will be responsible for the dredging and land reclamation work as required for the construction and operation of the terminal.
This includes dredging the berths, turning basin and access channel. A trailing suction hopper dredger will also be deployed to dredge and transport sand from a borrow area and reclaim an area of 8.3 hectares for the construction of all land-based facilities.