Macau, China, 29 Dec – The new ferry terminal on Taipa Island, located next to Macau’s airport will not be completed until 2012, three years behind schedule, news agency MacauNews reported citing a source from Macau’s Infrastructure Development Office (GDI).
The source said the delay was due to a major redesign of the facility because of the increasing number of passengers that travel to Macau by sea.
In the first 11 months of 2008, the number visitors arriving in Macau by sea rose 8.7 percent against the same period of 2007 and accounted for over 8.7 million people.
According to the GDI under the redesign, the number of 400-passenger berths will double from eight to 16 and an additional three 1200-passenger berths have been included. There will also be a heliport built on the roof of the terminal.
MacauNews also reported that, according to information from the GDI, the new terminal will be able to accommodate six ferry operators, with four applications under consideration in addition to the two that have already been approved to operate from the temporary Pac On terminal on Taipa.
Foundation work to extend the original terminal design started in September at a cost of US$ 28.75 million (218 million patacas), with Zhongtie Major Bridge Engineering Group Limited the main contractor.
The GDI source said due to the “large scale” of the project, the redesign was being completed in phases and because it was “ongoing”, the exact cost of the project was unknown
However, the Administration Investment and Development Expenses Plan (PIDDA) for 2009 raised US$ 80 million (635 million patacas) for the new terminal.
The Pac On Ferry Terminal on Taipa was originally due to be completed in 2009.
The provisional terminal on Taipa us currently sued by CotaiJet, which uses catamarans to link Macau to Hong Kong. (macauhub)