Port of Amsterdam invests in additional ship’s length PTA quay
The capacity of cruise ships worldwide is continuously expanding. The new generations of cruise ships are steadily becoming longer and wider, in order to service more passengers aboard. This trend is also evident in the Amsterdam region. This coming July 1st, the MSC Splendida will visit Amsterdam for the first time. Up till now, this is the largest cruise ship ever (333 meters) to moor at the quay of Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA).
The trend of larger ships means the current ship’s length of the PTA quay is reaching the limits of its capacity. As a consequence, currently 5 to 10 cruise ships per year need to moor at other locations.The ship’s length of the quay is currently 574 meters, with two mooring poles and a footbridge of 35 meters on the eastern side. The PTA and Port of Amsterdam jointly researched how the ship’s length of the PTA quay could be extended. By investing in the placement of two extra mooring poles and a footbridge on the western side of the quay, an additional 30 meters of ship’s length can be created on short notice. With this investment more combinations of ship’s length can moor at the PTA quay in the upcoming period.
In the fourth quarter of this year, Port of Amsterdam will start with the construction of the two mooring poles and the footbridge. Prior to the first quarter of 2016 concluding (the start of the cruise season), construction should be completed.