Belgium-China to build $166m cruise terminal at Panama Canal

Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) assigned a $165.7m contract to The consortium Cruceros del Pacífico to carry out a new phase of the Panama Canal on the Pacific side. The awarded company, Cruceros del Pacifico, was founded by Belgium’s Jan de Nul and Beijing-based China Harbour Engineering Co. (CHEC)

Jan de NUl will participate in building a new cruise terminal which will be a public port and be administered by the AMP. After having built the third set of locks, Jan de NUl will also be in charge of this PSA-Panama terminal expansion.

The terminal will be able to accommodate up to two ships of 360 metres in length, host 5,000 people per vessel and ships will be able to dock on any day, at any time. The new port will have a draught of 10.5 metres, enabling it to receive cruise ships.

An environmentally friendly 10,800 square metres building has been designed to host administrative teams, which will meet the needs of 10,000 passengers when the port is in full operation.

Panama’s minister of maritime affairs and administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority stated: 'The AMP and the country will have a project that will be the jewel of the Pacific and will come to drive our national tourism'

Several technical agreements will be signed between the representatives of the ports of Valparaíso (Chile), Hamburg, and Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) with the purpose of delivering a high quality and efficient service.