Brooklyn Borough in New York, US, has announced its commitment to providing $2.2m in additional funding to support the expansion of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
The $17.2m expansion project includes a $1.2m capital allocation along with an additional $1m grant, which were announced by Brooklyn Borough president Eric L Adams in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The newly announced commitment is also in addition to the terminal operator Ports America ’s $15m contribution.
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will be able to handle larger vessels and modernise its cruise operations following the completion of the expansion initiative.
The expansion is also expected to increase the frequency of vessel calls and volume of passengers, as well as improve the overall guest experience, asset utilisation and safety at the terminal.
Adams said: “This long-awaited project will help us attract additional tourism to Red Hook and throughout the borough, as we showcase all that Brooklyn has to offer through new wayfinding initiatives.”
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), the New York City Economic Development (NYCEDC) and various local stakeholders are also involved in the expansion of Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Funding from Ports America and NYCEDC is expected to be used to build a new apron up to 500ft in length at the site, as well as a passenger viaduct and two new gangways.
A multifunctional, high-capacity wireless network will also be developed to improve passenger experience and operating efficiency at the facility.
Additionally, Ports America has agreed to invest $38.5m in capital improvements to New York’s Manhattan and Brooklyn terminals.