December 16, 2017
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LePage to dedicate Portland cruise ship terminal

The Associated Press
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Pat Wellenbach | AP | BDN
Pat Wellenbach | AP | BDN
The Celebrity Summit cruise ship uses Pier II, sometimes referred to as the mega-berth, while tied up in Portland in September 2011. The nearly 1,200-foot-long Ocean Gateway Pier II doubles the city's berthing capacity for cruise ships and other large commercial vessels. It was built at a cost of $6 million.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is joining Portland Mayor Nick Mavadones for the formal dedication of the city’s new cruise ship terminal.

The 1,200-foot Ocean Gateway Pier II — sometimes called the “megaberth” — is designed to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships.

The floating pier opened Sept. 10 and the press got its first look a few days later. Wednesday marks the formal dedication and ribbon cutting.

Mavodones says the $6 million project completes the city’s vision of creating an area that meets the needs of residents, businesses and maritime industries. The cruise ship Celebrity Summit, with more than 2,000 passengers, will serve as the backdrop for the ceremony.


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