Cruise terminal deadline brought forward
To ensure the new cruise facilities at the Kai Tak site are ready by the time the first of two berths are operational by the middle of 2013, the government is bringing forward the completion date of the terminal building.
Originally planned for 2014 or 2015, the building is now scheduled to open at the same time as the first berth. The design-and-build tender attracted four bids and the contract will be awarded in time for construction to start in May.
In a paper updating the Legislative Council on the cruise terminal development, the Tourism Commission said the building would then be leased to an experienced operator.
Customs, immigration, police and quarantine facilities will be able to clear some 3,000 passengers an hour with about 23,000 square metres for passenger check-in and baggage handling.
Another 5,600 square metres of space are to be set aside for shops and restaurants, the paper said. A heliport will be accommodated next to the terminal building.
In November, Legco approved just over HK$2.3 billion in funding for construction work to prepare the site, which used to house Kai Tak airport. The government will seek about HK$5.85 billion from Legco next month for the terminal building project.
The world's largest cruise vessels, with a displacement of 110,000 tonnes, will be able to dock at the first berth by mid-2013 and at the second one in 2015.