Netherlands-based Royal BAM Group’s BAM International has won a $29m contract to design and construct Mega Cruise Pier II in Curaçao.
The project is part of the development programme of the Curaçao Ports Authority, and the ‘Rif Seaport Curaçao’ Masterplan 2014-2016, with a total investment of $43m.
Rif Seaport Curaçao sets out to strengthen the capital’s maritime and tourism sectors by welcoming larger vessels at the city’s shores, and is expected to be operational in 2018.
The Rif Seaport project, devised in collaboration with Curaçao’s Ministry of Economic Development, will be carried out in two phases and integrates three main interconnected components.
Under the contract, BAM will provide marine facilities, consisting of an around 200m-long jetty, a 75m-long approach trestle, four mooring dolphins, and land reclamation protected by shore revetment, as well as improvements to the existing Mega Cruise Pier I.
BAM’s sister company has assumed the responsibility of designing Mega Cruise Pier II at Otrabanda, Willemstad.
The new pier will be located west of the entrance to St Anna Bay, and will be adjacent to Mega Cruise Pier I.
Pier II will have the capacity to handle Oasis-class cruise vessels, which are claimed to currently be the largest variety of passenger ship. The jetty will be used for berthing general cargo vessels, tankers and offshore service vessels.
Design work, under the contract, is expected to commence immediately following work on-site later this year. Completion of the project is expected in 2017.
Work will be conducted while ensuring the preservation of marine flora and fauna in the area. BAM intends to closely cooperate with local suppliers, and the involvement of local workers is a key factor to the successful delivery of this project.
Image: BAM to design and construct new mega cruise pier in Curaçao. Photo: courtesy of BAM International.