Overwhelming cargo volumes, bigger vessels, new environmental rules and other developments in the maritime industry require port projects that will change the old infrastructure. By implementing new technologies in their daily operations or expanding, ports try to adapt to the changing landscape of the shipping sector and meet the increasing demand. Although, advancing old infrastructure is not the only way to ensure smooth port operations. Some developers see the potential for brand-new, state-of-the-art ports to be built. Check out the list below to see three exciting port projects in the making.
MEGA CRUISE PORT IN GRAND BAHAMA
Carnival Cruise Line has taken on the development of a new cruise port in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Set on 329 acres of land at Sharp Rock, the “mega port” will be able to welcome two 6,000-passenger cruise ships and a 2,000 people crew at the same time. The development project, expected to be the largest Carnival Cruise Port in the world, is estimated to cost around $100 million dollars to build and is set to be completed in late 2021.
The development of this port will heighten the popularity of the Bahamas and will add to the economic growth in the area. It is slated to create 1,000 jobs during the construction process and could attract as much as 1 million annual cruise passengers to Grand Bahama. Heightened traffic will encourage stronger business development and will boost the area’s profits.
PORT OF SAVANNAH MEGA SHIP HUB
Port of Savannah has started the year off with its busiest month ever. It moved 433,975 TEUs – 28% more than the previous year. Such developments only prove that more capacity is necessary for the growing volumes at the port. The new plan for expanding its capacity will allow the port to simultaneously handle six 14,000 TEU vessels. The project is set to be operational by 2024.
The work has already started to equip the Port of Savannah with an additional 21 Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes that will result in a total fleet of 37. It will ensure that mega-boxships and increased cargo volumes will be handled without a problem, making the port the only one in North America that has the ability to expand berth capacity at this rate.
CLIMATE-PROOFED NAURU PORT
Nauru is the world’s smallest island state that depends on its port to receive all its goods. However, climate-related disasters have rendered the existing port unusable for three months of the year, and the situation is expected to only get worse in time. In order to ensure that the island is not completely cut off from the world, the Asian Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund and the governments of Australia and Nauru have banded together to finance the development of a new, climate-resilient port.
The existing infrastructure will be upgraded and climate-proofed to avoid any further damage from strong waves, storms and cyclones. It will have a channel for oceangoing ships, a wharf with a turning berth, a breakwater to shelter it and berth from waves, a container storage area and other facilities, GCF reports. The new port will have measures for the protection from the elements and will also try to prevent further damage to the environment by ensuring compliance with international best practices and serving low-carbon maritime transport connections to the region and the world.
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