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Port of Miami and Port Everglades eye cruise terminal plans 13 Apr 2010 09:49 #14699

Port Everglades and the Port of Miami are looking at major new investments in cruise ship terminals, which would underscore their roles as the world's busiest cruise ports.

The Port of Miami is in the conceptual stages of planning a large, airport-like terminal that could serve multiple cruise lines as part of a forthcoming master plan.

Broward County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $29.5 makeover of Carnival Corp. and PLC's terminals at Port Everglades.

Most of the port's passenger terminals started out as cargo warehouses with catch as catch can updates, so the planned changes will help streamline operations, said Port Everglades Director Phil Allen.

"As the ships have gotten larger, it becomes more important that you are able to handle disembarkation and embarkation passengers almost simultaneously,"Allen said. "You need to be handling that dual flow and handling the storage trucks that have to supply the ships. You have to handle the taxis and buses that are transportating people back and forth from Fort Lauderdale International Airport."

Carnival would agree to gradually increase its guarantee of minimum passenger movements by 60 percent at Port Everglades.

The Port Everglades deal would be an economic boost for the region's construction industry by generating 621 jobs to make the improvements, according to an economic study by Martin and Associates.

On March 20, Port Everglades handled 53,365 passengers, a one-day global record for a cruise port. Port Everglades will be nipping at the heels of the Port of Miami for the title of world's busiest cruise port in the upcoming years.

"It's going to be super close to a tie from now until infinity," said Kevin Lynskey, assistant director for the Port of Miami.

He expects Port Everglades will end up with nine full-size terminals capable of serving 1,100-foot long ships while the Port of Miami will end up with eight or nine.

The concept for the new terminal at the Port of Miami, which would be towards the eastern end of Dodge Island, would be to have various cruise lines share some areas, such as security and passenger handling, Lynskey said.

Lynskey said he initially thought the concept wouldn't go over well with the cruise lines, but he has been pleasantly surprised to get positive feedback.

"The overall construction costs goes down and the overall operating costs will go down," he said. If you took two terminals that served 3,500 to 4,000-passengers ships and subtracted about 20 percent of the overall space, that might be about the size of the new terminal concept.

Lynskey declined to provide size or cost estimates, but said the terminal might end up being the biggest in the world – but with the tweak of serving multiple lines.

The Port of Miami is wrapping up a master plan that Lynskey says may be unveiled in a couple of months while Port Everglades completed a master plan two years ago, Allen noted.

Currently, the 240,000-square-foot Terminal 18 at Port Everglades is the world's largest cruise terminal. It handles the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas and later this year will handle its sister ship the Allure of the Seas.

Allen said the fact that the $75 million Terminal 18 came in on time and under budget should be a plus when he talks to county commissioners about the plans for Carnival.

The Port of Miami's berthing contracts for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Carnival come up for renewal in three to four years, so that might fit in with a time frame for deciding to building the new terminal, Lynskey said.

Carnival, the world's largest cruise company, and Royal Caribbean, which ranks second, have multiple brands that operate out of each of the ports.

The Carnival deal at Port Everglades would benefit its Carnival, Cunard, Holland America and Princess brands.
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Aw: Port of Miami and Port Everglades eye cruise terminal plans 13 Apr 2010 15:35 #14711

Hallo zusammen!

Diese massiven Neuplanungen in Terminalerweiterungen lassen auch in Zukunft auf einen steigenden Markt hoffen. :)

Vielleicht schlägt sich ja das demnächst auch bei den Schiffsbestellungen nieder .... B)

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