Portland begins construction on cruise ship berth

Posted Oct. 29, 2010, at 10:43 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation and city of Portland are breaking ground on a new pier big enough to host the world’s largest cruise ships.

Construction for the $4.8 million deep-water pier will complete the vision for the Ocean Gateway Marine Terminal, doubling berthing capacity for cruise ships and other large commercial vessels. The project is funded by a transportation bond approved by voters in June.

Friday’s ceremony coincides with the final cruise ship visits of the city’s record-setting 2010 cruise ship season.

The Jewel of the Seas, carrying 2,112 passengers, arrived Sunday. On Friday, the Crystal Symphony, carrying 940 passengers, visits Portland for her maiden call.

Those visits bring to 71 the number of cruise ships visiting Portland this year. They carried with them a record-setting 75,563 passengers.

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