Abu Dhabi’s new cruise terminal is arranged to become equipped by the end of 2015.
The terminal will be capable of carrying 2,500 passengers and three ships concurrently.
Work is progressing in full swing and Abu Dhabi Port Company (ADPC) are aspiring for an end-of-2015 finish to correspond with home porting plans of Royal Caribbean to base one of its Celebrity Cruise vessels at Zayed Port for the 2016-17 season, report revealed.
The ports developer is in discussions with cruise lines to utilize Zayed Port as their home base for the next cruise season. The next cruise season will also include a stopover at Sir Bani Yas Island. ADPC is in the course of concluding a dedicated beach with different facilities.
The proposals for the terminal were divulged at the Seatrade Med cruise trade show in September.
The terminal’s plan was opted from a shortlist of five architectural firms. The British company BDP was the eventual winner.
The architectural guidelines for the cruise terminal included that the design retain the heritage and identity of Zayed Port. It was also intended to reveal the cultural feature of Abu Dhabi since it will be right opposite the Louvre.
This meant renovating an old 8,000 square metre warehouse into a state-of-the-art complex comprising space for processing cruise travelers, customs services and retail area.
The structure work has been divided into three phases. Work on strengthening the outer steel frame and a new mezzanine floor commenced in January and will be concluded by April, whilst work on the cladding and facade should be finished by the end of this month.
The third phase including the interiors is arranged to start next month and will correspond with works to construct road access, car park and taxi and bus stands.
ADPC projects cruise traveler numbers to increase around 50% this period. Zayed Port will receive 185,000 travelers and 94 ships compared with 125,000 travelers from 75 vessels in the previous 2013-14 period.
ADPC approximates to conclude the transfer of roll-on-roll-off (Roro) ships, which bring wheeled vehicles, from Zayed Port in the capital to Khalifa Port by the end of this month.
On expectation of Roro growth at Khalifa Port, it was reported that with yard capacity for 360,000 vehicles a year, practically three times that of Zayed Port and pre-delivery inspection services, it should surpass 25% this 2015 from the 106,071 units last 2014.