Dutch engineering firm Royal Haskoning has been appointed to navigate the UK port of Hull’s £73 mill cruise terminal project through the planning process.
Royal Haskoning will manage the scheme’s planning and environmental issues on behalf of Hull City Council, as part of detailed work to secure necessary formal approvals for the development.
This marks the next milestone in the project earmarked for waterfront land near an area called the The Deep and the appointment was made following a tendering process.
The £182,000 contract will also include a requirement to design an electricity sub-station to allow cruise ships to plug into shore facilities while in port.
Royal Haskoning is expected to produce several detailed reports on issues ranging from transport links and access to the proposed site, to water quality and the impact on sediment in the River Humber.
Concerns about potential noise and vibration, which have already been aired, will also be examined.
Hull City council leader, Daren Hale, said: “Hull needs a dedicated cruise facility in the heart of the Old Town so that we can greet cruise passengers with a five-star welcome and an immediate experience of Hull in addition to the region’s world class visitor attractions.
“This could also be a carbon reduction measure, reducing the need to journey to south coast ports. A new cruise facility would be a huge boost to our plans to increase tourism and create new jobs, therefore this appointment is welcomed,” he said.