Construction starts on Amador Cruise Port

The movement of the first shovel of earth in the construction area, work began on the Amador Cruise Terminal.

This is an initiative promoted by the national government through the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) marking the beginning of a new phase that will impact favorably on the maritime industry and will promote the diversification of the national tourism sector with the arrival of more cruise ships to the Amador area.

The future Amador cruise terminal on the Perico Island area, on the Pacific sector, was formally awarded by the AMP for the design and construction of this port facility, to the consortium Cruceros del Pacífico, made up of the Belgian company Jan De Nul and the Chinese company, CHEC.

One of the proposals for the Amador cruise ship terminal.

One of the proposals for the Amador cruise ship terminal.

It should be noted that this work, to be carried out over a period of 18 months, will be a public-private administration in order to ensure the provision of quality services, in an equal way to all cruise operators interested in using this terminal, without limiting the use to any particular shipping company.

The Minister of Maritime Affairs and administrator of the AMP, Jorge Barakat Pitty, was clear in stating that the construction of this terminal complies with the transparency requirements established in the law on public procurement and will provide services to tourists arriving in Panama on the cruise ships that visit the area.

According to Barakat, the facility will have two docks at which two cruise ships, with a capacity of up to 5,000 passengers each can simultaneously berth. It will have facilities making Panama an easily accessible destination and a Home Port on the Pacific, which will allow thousands of travelers to take their favorite routes from Panama with a great contribution to the national economy.

President Juan Carlos Varela added that “this infrastructure project is key to boosting Panama’s economic development. It will generate 1,000 direct jobs and 1,800 indirect jobs during its construction phase, as well as those permanent employees with the operation of the terminal; all this will have a positive impact on the Panamanian economy and on the homes of each of those workers who will be part of this great work.”

The president concluded by reiterating that “this year, in which we are celebrating the 100 Years of the International Register of Ships of the Republic of Panama and maintaining the leadership, having the largest number of ships worldwide that fly our national flag, with the same level of excellence, Panamanians will be able to manage this terminal and make it one of the most visited in the world, always maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety”.

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