PORTLAND, Maine — A series of add-ons made possible by a lower-than-expected construction bid for a new “megaberth” for cruise ships visiting Portland are delaying the completion of the project.
The project at the Ocean Gateway terminal on Commercial Street was budgeted to cost $6.5 million, but the winning bid came in at $4.9 million.
The lower price allowed the state to extend the pier by 100 feet and provide electrical and sewer service for the ships that tie up on Portland’s waterfront.
Portland spokeswoman Nicole Clegg told the Portland Press Herald the Maine State Pier has been able to accommodate all the ships that have visited this summer, but the new berth will be preferred by large cruise ships that visit in the future.
The project had been due for completion in mid-July, but was delayed by the additions.