The Port Authority of Oranjestad today announced they are ready to begin moving their container port to a separate area of the port, allowing the cruise port to begin expansion for its cruise operations.
The relocation of the container port will remove the container port’s equipment and free up dock space that would normally be reserved for container ships. The removal of the container port will allow the Port Authority of Oranjestad to convert the old cargo and container space into designated cruise operation space. The new space will allow the port to welcome an increased number of larger, newer cruise ships to the port.
In 2007, the port entered into an agreement with Royal Caribbean to collaborate in a multi-year, multi-stage expansion of the port. The 2007 project sought to redevelop 40 acres of land along the waterfront, creating new facilities for cruise ships and developing new retail space for the port.
Currently, the port is able to dock four cruise ships at once and have so far accommodated ships as large as Royal Caribbean’s Explorer Class of ships.