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WORK ON A NEW CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL BEGINS, The construction of the first cruise ship terminal in the Pacific area of the country began on the third week of October and it is expected to be finished in 24 months, according to sources of the Panama Maritime Authority, the government entity responsible for the project.
The terminal, which will cost $165 million, will be built by the consortium “Cruceros del Pacifico”, formed by Belgium company Jan De Nul, which participated in the Panama Canal expansion and the Chinese construction enterprise, China Harbor Engineering (CHEC). It will be located on Perico Island, Amador Causeway.
It is expected that this terminal will attract more cruise ships bound for Alaska, the Caribbean, the Pacific and California. The new port will have two piers, in which two cruise ships with capacity for 5,000 passengers can dock at the same time and will be managed by a public-private company, to assure first class service.
The cruise ship port will have all the facilities required by this type of installation and could be a homeport for cruise lines that operate in the Pacific, which might incorporate Panama in their itineraries.
During the season 2017-2018 around 240 cruise ships will cross the Panama Canal.