Cruise terminal opens

SINGAPORE has opened a new cruise terminal capable of berthing the world’s biggest luxury liners, in a bid to boost the city-state’s position as a regional travel hub.

The Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore was opened on Monday with company officials saying it will allow the island-state to tap the growing number of people in Asia taking leisure trips on luxury vessels.

Operated by a joint venture between Singapore Airport Terminal Services and Europe’s Creuers del Port de Barcelona, the terminal can dock ships weighing up to 220,000 tonnes and measuring a maximum 360m.

With deep waters, a large turning basin and the absence of any height restrictions, the terminal can accommodate the newest generation of ocean liners like the Royal Caribbean’s oasis-class ships.

“The official opening of (the terminal) marks a significant development for both the cruise landscape in Singapore and the Asean region,” said Melvin Vu, chief executive of the joint venture that operates the S$500mil (RM1.2bil) facility.

Vu said the terminal would “further anchor Singapore’s position as an attractive home port” because of its modern facilities. — AFP

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