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09 November 2005

Mott MacDonald wins contract to expand Montego Bay Cruise Terminal

The Port Authority of Jamaica has awarded Mott MacDonald, engineering and management consultant, a contract to help expand cruise terminal facilities at Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Montego Bay is the second most important cruise destination in Jamaica and currently the demand for quay space exceeds capacity. Following on from a feasibility study conducted by Mott MacDonald on behalf of the Port Authority, a decision has been made to go ahead with its expansion.

The plans include building new expansive berthing facilities to accommodate Ultra Voyager Class vessels, as well as the construction of a new passenger terminal building which will enable the transfer of up to 3,500 passengers within a two hour period.

Mott MacDonald will undertake site investigations, development planning and preliminary design; final designs and contract documentation; assistance with procurement of construction contracts; and supervision of the construction on behalf of the Port Authority. The project team also includes local architects, engineers and scientists who will all play a major part in the estimated $40 million project. The port expansion works and new passenger terminal are required to be complete within 27 months which will be in time for the 2007/2008 cruising season.

Mott MacDonald’s director for the project, Richard Stephens, has worked on a wide variety of maritime projects around the world including port and harbour developments, oil and gas marine terminals, military facilities and cruise terminals. He said, “We are delighted to be awarded this prestigious contract and to continue our long standing relationship with the Port Authority of Jamaica. It will give us the opportunity to further demonstrate our expertise in this growth area. There are particular challenges associated with this project including the need to minimise the environmental impact on nearby coral reefs and neighbouring residential and tourist hotel communities. The port and existing cruise facilities must also remain fully operational at all times during the redevelopment works”.

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