Royal BAM to Design and Construct Curacao Mega Pier

Dutch company Royal BAM Group has won a € 25 million contract to design and construct a brand new mega cruise pier on the Caribbean island of Curacao.

Cruise ship Azura anchored just outside Willemstad, Curacao.

Cruise ship Azura anchored just outside Willemstad, Curacao.

The pier will be part of a new € 38 million development plan to extend the capacity of the port of Curacao. The ‘Rif Seaport Curacao’ masterplan was created by the Curacao Ports Authority (CPA). Its goal is to promote further growth of the maritime and tourism sectors on the Dutch-Caribbean island.

One million visitors per year

The port had 600,000 visitors in 2014. Between 2012 and 2014 the amount of passengers increased by 30%. ‘The goal for Curacao’s cruise industry is to increase the number of cruise visitors to 1,000,000 per year and increase their spending from $ 70 to $ 100, on average’, says CPA managing-director Humberto de Castro. He adds, ‘This is an attainable target based on the growth we’ve been experiencing in the industry. With the building of a second mega pier, the government and CPA are anticipating what the cruise industry will look like 10 to 20 years down the road and working on preparing the island for the subsequent increase of vessels and tourists.’

Mega Cruise Pier II

The new Mega Cruise Pier II will be large enough to host Oasis-class cruise ships, currently the largest type of passenger ships. General cargo ships, tankers and offshore service vessels will also make use of the facilities. The new pier will be able to receive 8,000 passengers at any given day.

Mega Cruise Pier II will consist of a 200 meter long jetty, a 75 meter long approach-trestle, 4 mooring-dolphins and a land reclamation program. In addition to building the new pier, the current Mega Cruise Pier I will be improved.

Design and construction

Royal BAM Group has started the design of the pier. It is expected the groundworks for the facility will start in late 2016. The pier will be operational by 2018.

Respect for marine life

During the design and construction of the project, respect for the local marine life will be a major consideration.

Royal BAM Group will also work closely with local suppliers. The company also sees the involvement of local workforces as a key to the successful delivery this project.