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17 October 2007

Mott MacDonald assists on new Jamaica terminal for mega cruise ships

Mott MacDonald is assisting the Port Authority of Jamaica with the development of a new port of call cruise terminal at Falmouth on the North Coast of Jamaica. The facility is being designed to simultaneously accommodate two of the future generation cruise ships, each with a capacity of up to 6,600 passengers. The current largest vessel has a 4,400 passenger capacity, making the anticipated new generation significantly larger and requiring additional terminal and harbour space.

Mott MacDonald’s marine project team’s role includes conducting a feasibility study incorporating an environmental impact assessment (EIA), navigation simulation work, planning of the marine works, conceptual design and estimation of costs as well as the development of outline designs and tender documentation in readiness for a design and build type contract.

Peter Mallin, Mott MacDonald’s senior marine engineer on the project added in more detail, “The scope of our brief includes the cruise ship pier, dredged basin, reclamation and shore protection, the main terminal building and parking area, as well as sewerage treatment works. We are working in parallel with the landside design team who are master planning the onshore terminal works. After the tender documentation has been finalised, our role will change to providing technical support with contract procurement and supervision of construction.”

Richard Stephens, Mott MacDonald’s maritime director said, “We are delighted that the Port Authority of Jamaica has again selected Mott MacDonald. This is an extremely prestigious project and it’s enabled us to demonstrate our world-class maritime expertise and has set us some interesting challenges. The natural harbour at Falmouth is tight on space for navigating large vessels and as such it’s required extensive ship simulation work “

He continued, “There are also many significant environmental features of global interest next to the proposed site including one of only four bio-luminescent lagoon sites in the world, and outer harbour coral reefs. Our team, which includes locally based Jamaican environmental consultants, has worked hard to minimise impacts on these rare features through careful planning of the marine works during the preliminary phases, whilst still meeting the design brief to accommodate the mega cruise ships.”

The project is scheduled to go out to tender towards the end of 2007 with a view to completion mid 2009.


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