New South Wales (NSW) Government is set to upgrade the overseas passenger terminal in Sydney, to meet the growing demand from cruise ships visiting the terminal.
The $49.4m terminal upgrade contract has been awarded to a Sydney-based firm Watpac.
The redevelopment programme will include a 60m extension of the terminal's 220m wharf into Campbell's Cove and the addition of a new mezzanine level, entry foyer and wraparound deck for passengers to easily embark and disembark.
NSW Roads and Ports minister Duncan Gay said the renovation work at Circular Quay will begin in May and will end by September.
As part of the revamp, the terminal may be required to oust two of its six restaurants, including the Ocean Room and Wild Fire restaurant.
Sydney Ports CEO Grant Gilfillan said that renovating in such a high-density central business district precinct would be challenging.
"We believe the upgrade will deliver efficiencies that will enable ships to achieve a much smoother one-day turn-around, which is preferred by cruise industry itineraries," Gilfillan said.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines regional vice-president Gavin Smith said that no matter how much money the government spends on Circular Quay, there is still only one berth.
"The industry is still working on Garden Island and Port Botany as potential further expansion of cruise industry facilities," Smith said.
"As the ships that can access White Bay are modernised they will not be able to fit under the bridge and Sydney will require a second terminal accessible by all ships. We will need a second berth. Garden Island and Port Botany are still key agenda items."