Star Cruises has proposed using the China Merchants Wharf in Kennedy Town as an alternative terminal for its fleet, which cannot be fully accommodated at Tsim Sha Tsui's Ocean Terminal. But while Central and Western District Council members generally welcomed the idea, saying it would revitalise the waterfront, some councillors worried that the absence of supporting infrastructure would frustrate visitors and might aggravate traffic congestion. In an informal meeting with district council members yesterday, Star Cruises said the China Merchants Wharf was appropriate since it had just been refurbished and strengthened and could accommodate vessels of about 30,000 tonnes. The company said about 800 passengers would board at the pier each day. Passengers were expected to disembark from 8am to 9.30am and board from 4pm to 6.30pm, and would be transported to and from Tsim Sha Tsui or Sheung Wan in 12 to 16 shuttle buses. A large tent would be set up for immigration facilities. Councillors were told that the company would promote cultural features and heritage in the district during cruises. Council vice-chairman Stephen Chan Chit-kwai said it had been planning to revitalise the waterfront, and hoped the proposal would boost the district's economy and make the waterfront more vibrant. But he urged the company to direct its shuttle buses to the Western Harbour Tunnel to avoid causing serious traffic congestion. Another councillor, Tanya Chan of the Civic Party, urged the government to explain details of the proposal. 'The pier currently has no supporting facilities,' she said. 'Is it safe for passengers? Would the government monitor the project? The government should inform the public of details clearly.' A Tourism Commission spokesman said Star Cruises would soon consult the district council formally. The government would help identify berthing arrangements before the city's second cruise terminal was completed at Kai Tak by 2013, he said.