Mega Cruise Pier Willemstad
Due to the growing number of cruise ships and also the increasing size of them, a second Mega Cruise Pier (MPII) has been developed alongside the existing Mega Cruise Pier I in Otrabanda, Willemstad, on Curaçao. Both cruise jetties are located in a coastal zone at the edge of a coral reef with water depths of up to 20 meters.
The new cruise jetty MPII is suitable for the largest existing cruise ships, including the ‘Oasis’ class and the ‘Ultra’ class. The existing 18-year-old cruise jetty MPI will also be refurbished and reinforced for the ‘Quantum’ and ‘Freedom’ class cruise ships. Both jetties are multipurpose because offshore vessels and VLCC tankers also are able to moor there.
The new cruise jetty has a length of 200 meters and is 20 meters wide. It is connected to land via a connecting bridge. In addition to the jetty, four ducal dolphins have been built with a capacity of 300 to 500 tons. The pier stands on steel tubular piles with a diameter of 1,300mm and a length of up to 60 meters.
The pier lies on open water and is therefore exposed to extreme climate conditions and high waves. The main challenge for us was to obtain sufficient stability of the pier foundation because the subsoil consists of calcareous rock with a high carbonate content.
The work was carried out by BAM International as a Design and Build contract. Lievense’s contribution consisted of conducting research into several variants of the design, reviewing and changing the master plan and layout, compiling the tender documents, supervising the tendering process and supporting the client during the execution, including reviewing BAM International’s final design. The Mega Cruise Pier II was finished on 12 November 2017 and was operational just one day later.