Taipa’s new maritime terminal, which has been under construction since 2005, will be inaugurated on Thursday in Taipa island, following an investment of 3.8 billion patacas (US$475 million).
With an annual capacity of 30 million passengers, the terminal has an area of 200,000 square metres or 20 hectares, 16 bridge-quays for turbojets, three berths for cruise ships, a heliport with capacity for five helicopters, 88 immigration desks and a car park for 740 vehicles.
TurboJET, Cotai Water Jet and Yuet Tung Shopping are the three companies that will use the terminal on daily routes to Hong Kong, Kowloon, Shenzhen, Nansha and Guangzhou.
The new maritime terminal is linked to Macau International Airport and to the future light railway that is under construction on the island of Taipa and will allow easier access to the dozens of hotels and casinos located in Cotai, an area between the islands of Taipa and Coloane.
In the first phase of operations, Taipa’s new maritime terminal will receive 30% of the passengers arriving in Macau by sea, while the current terminal of Porto Exterior in the Macau peninsula will take on the majority of passengers travelling to Macau.
The idea behind its construction is that the movement of passengers to Macau will, in the near future, be shared 50/50 by each of the maritime terminals.
When the terminal’s construction began in 2005, passenger traffic was forecast at 18.7 million people per year, which increased with the opening of more entertainment venues in Macau.
With an area of 30.5 square kilometres and a population of 648,000, Macau is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, with an average of around 21,400 people per square kilometre. (macauhub)