The US-based Canaveral Port Authority has commenced work on the development of its new cruise terminal by demolishing one of the port’s oldest terminals previously used for single-day port-of-call vessels.

The demolition will pave the way for a $150m Cruise Terminal 3 (CT-3) facility and is scheduled to end in July.

Following the completion of the $210,000 demolition of the existing CT-3 terminal building, Port Canaveral aims to perform the subsequent works in various phases that will include reconstruction of the berth, dredging and waterside, passenger boarding bridges, terminal and related site work, as well as the adjacent parking facility.

Construction of the CT-3 terminal will be completed over a period of 20 months, using five different contracts.

Port Canaveral CEO John Murray said: “The new hi-tech, fully modernised cruise terminal will enhance our ability to welcome some of the largest and most advanced cruise ships in the world.

“The new hi-tech, fully modernised cruise terminal will enhance our ability to welcome some of the largest and most advanced cruise ships in the world.”

“The cruise industry is projected to grow significantly over the next several years and, with this new terminal, our port is well positioned to keep pace with that growth.”

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Canaveral Port Authority and its cruise partner will provide the necessary investment required to build and equip the two-storey 188,000ft² terminal and parking building.

The proposed terminal, berth and adjacent parking facilities will be able to accommodate up to 6,500 cruise guests. The elevated parking will have the capacity to accommodate nearly 1,800 vehicles in a covered space.

The terminal will also feature fully functional, modernised systems to enable the US Customs and Border Protection to perform screenings of arriving passengers. Integrated mobile passenger check-in will be installed to expedite the passenger ship boarding process.

Due to be completed by late next year or early 2020, the CT-3 is estimated to support around 4,000 permanent jobs, along with the port’s overall modernisation and improvement plans.