Port of San Juan

Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for the rehabilitation, improvement and operation of the Isla Grande Dry Dock in the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The proposal also covers the leasing, design, construction, financing and development of a superyacht marina complex.

PRPA executive director Ingrid C Colberg-Rodríguez said: "Puerto Rico is going to be the premier destination in the Caribbean for maintenance, repair and overhaul services of luxury vessels, while further fostering the growth of the service and tourism industries on the island.

"The RFP seeks to obtain proposals to transform the IGFF into a leading maritime-industrial centre for yacht and superyacht maintenance, and develop a marina site to provide services and luxury shopping, dining and accommodations for the yachting community."

"Puerto Rico is going to be the premier destination in the Caribbean for maintenance, repair and overhaul services of luxury vessels."

With an area of 600,00ft², the proposed project is near to the Puerto Rico Convention Center District and the Isla Grande Airport (SIG). This regional airport, owned by PRPA, has a capacity to receive private jets, charters and fixed-based operators.

The project will be part of the Port of San Juan, which has received on average 500 cruise ships on 14 cruise lines over the last five years. The port also received around 1.4 million passengers, and 2,340 cargo ships moving about 8.3 million short tonnes of cargo per year during the period.

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Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce secretary Alberto Baco-Bague said: "Our fiscal advantages, diversified economy, physical infrastructure, human capital, and privileged location in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, make Puerto Rico an ideal spot for a first-class marina and a facility for maintenance, repair and overhaul of leisure vessels and superyachts."

The PRPA said it seeks proposals from qualified developers and operators of luxury marinas and vessel maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.

Image: The Port of San Juan in the Caribbean. Photo: courtesy of Mtmelendez.