Panama begins construction of the new cruise port in Amador
The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) held a ceremony, on 18 October, for the construction of the new cruise port in Amador, generating a new destination for cruises on the Pacific side of the country. The new cruise terminal will have two docks in which two cruise ships with a capacity of up to five thousand passengers each – Oasis class vessels – can berth simultaneously. It will include green areas, parking and a state of the art technology for boarding passengers and handling their luggage.
The design and construction of the Amador cruise terminal, at Perico Island, was awarded by the AMP to the consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, integrated by Jan De Nul Panama SA and China Harbour Engineering Company.
As a member of the consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, Jan De Nul Panama SA will take care of all dredging and land reclamation works as required for the construction and operation of the terminal. This includes dredging the berth pocket, turning basin and access channel. A trailing suction hopper dredger will also be deployed to dredge and transport sand from a borrow area and reclaim an area of 8.3 hectares for the construction of all land-based facilities.
‘This infrastructure project is key to boosting Panama’s economic development,’ said Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, at the project launch ceremony. ‘
The new cruise terminal will generate a thousand direct jobs and 1,800 indirect jobs during its construction phase, as well as permanent employees for the operation of the terminal.