Complete Property Market Updates of Singapore

May 9, 2008

Big names to prepare S’pore for big ships

Filed under: Commercial,General — Propertymarketupdates @ 2:55 am

The International Cruise Terminal at Marina South will have a high-profile architectural designer from the United States.

With highly prestigious projects like Dubai’s The World, Dubai Maritime City and the New York City Cruise Terminal in its portfolio, US-based Bermello Ajamil & Partners (B&A) – along with its Singapore partner – has been put in charge of the architectural design of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB)-led initiative. Meanwhile, Maunsell Consultants (Singapore) has been appointed as the engineering consultant for the same project.

The announcement was made by JTC Corp, the government agency overseeing the overall development of the new cruise terminal.

The Marina South terminal is intended to boost the existing cruise facilities and infrastructure to accommodate the new generation of larger cruise ships. The architectural design will incorporate a terminal building alongside two berths, designed for operational efficiency and a seamless visitor experience, JTC said. It will also have all the other facilities necessary to accommodate the largest ships currently in service, as well as those currently under construction.

The consortium comprising internationally renowned firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners and their Singapore partner RSP Architects Planners and Engineers was selected by an evaluation panel of key STB and JTC executives to design the new cruise terminal.

Although they did not specifically say so, the announcement at the end of last year that B&A has been selected as the architect for the expansion of Terminal 18 at Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades must surely have factored into the decision. The US$37.4 million expansion is meant to provide a new homeport for Royal Caribbean Cruises’ (RCL) newest and largest cruise ships, the Genesis class.

RCL’s Genesis-class vessels will be the largest in the world and will carry over 6,000 passengers. The first of the 220,000 gross ton ships will launch in the third quarter of next year, with the second ship expected to set sail in 2010. Singapore hopes to attract these kinds of vessels to homeport here. In addition, a good working relationship with one of the biggest cruise operators is certainly a huge plus.

RCL has had problems in the past with berthing the Rhapsody of the Seas, one of its larger vessels, here. The height restriction caused by the Sentosa cable cars prevents very large cruise ships from berthing at the current cruise centre and several have had to be berthed at the commercial container terminal instead.

‘All three invited bidders submitted strong proposals, reflecting a keen interest in the project. The evaluation panel eventually chose a winning consortium which stood out not only for its track record and experience in cruise terminal planning and design, but also a concept that best met the needs and functional requirements of the International Cruise Terminal,’ said STB’s director for leisure planning and cruise Chew Tiong Heng.

Engineering consultant Maunsell Consultants (Singapore) was selected based on a combination of factors, including its technical experience and strong track record in handling similar projects in the past. Maunsell will oversee all the engineering aspects of the project, including the engineering designs of the berths and buildings, till completion.

Meanwhile, piling and construction works for the berth deck are expected to commence in the second half of the year, and an operator for the terminal is targeted to be appointed by STB in the third quarter of this year, JTC added.

Source : Business Times – 6 May 2008

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