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PUERTO RICO – Repairs to cruise pier

The Puerto Rico Ports Authority and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd have joined forces to refurbish the Muelle Panamericano II cruise pier in San Juan. As well as general improvements, the project will include improving the boarding bridge, upgrading security points, adding check-in counters, increasing baggage inspection capacity and improving the restrooms, as well as dredging alongside the pier. From May 2018 the ‘Freedom of the Seas’ will home-port from the pier on a seven-day Eastern Caribbean trip. The improvements are expected to boost weekly passenger throughout by 1,200 people.

 

CUBA – Investment in special development zone

As expansion work on Cuba’s Mariel Port continues, the first Portuguese investment at the adjacent special development zone has been announced. Engimov Caribe SA is investing €5.6 million in five construction material plants, which will be developed in four stages. The Engimov group carries out civil construction and public works in nine countries. Its involvement in Mariel brings the total number of users to 24, representing a total investment of nearly US$ 1 billion and creating over 4,000 jobs.

 

GUADELOUPE – New crane for Port de Jarry

Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes has invested in a new post panamax Portainer ship-to-shore crane – a twin girder boom type with an outreach of 43 meters. It has a maximum lift capacity of 60 tonnes and is designed to operate in high winds. The crane is being supplied by the Spanish company Paceco España and is expected to be delivered in 2018 for the Port de Jarry container terminal, which serves many transatlantic shipping routes. The terminal already has five cranes alongside 600 meters of quay and handles around 3.8 million tonnes of cargo per year.

 

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