Macau Ferry Terminal will service small liners

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 May, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 May, 2003, 12:00am

The Macau Ferry Terminal will be used to berth small- and medium-sized liners if the government goes ahead with the proposal to develop the facility into a temporary cruise liner terminal, a marine department spokesman said.

The berth will provide space for visiting vessels when Ocean Terminal is occupied.

The spokesman said the development was necessary as the long cruise terminal at the old Kai Tak runway site would not be ready before 2008.

The spokesman said that because the facility at the Shun Tak Centre was designed to serve ferries, the $9 million upgrade would still not turn it into a fully fledged cruise ship terminal.

After conversion, the outer pier will be capable of holding vessels up to 180 metres long. Inside the existing ferry terminal, only minor upgrading work is planned, such as the improvement of public sign boards.

Food, provisions and stores will be loaded on cruise liners at Macau Ferry Terminal from barges and boats.