Pre­ferred site iden­ti­fied for sec­ond berth

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY NANCY KING nk­ing@cb­post.com

En­gi­neers work­ing on the de­sign of Syd­ney har­bour’s sec­ond cruise ship berth have iden­ti­fied a pre­ferred lo­ca­tion north of the ex­ist­ing dock af­ter ex­ten­sively test­ing spe­cific con­di­tions.

To lo­cate the berth with­out af­fect­ing the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity was a chal­lenge, Richard Mo­rykot of CBCL Ltd. told Ports Day this week.

They looked at four par­tic­u­lar ori­en­ta­tions to the north.

“Each has its ad­van­tage and dis­ad­van­tages, there are pros and cons in­clud­ing money, time, con­struc­tion, ac­ces­si­bil­ity,” he said.

Talks are cur­rently un­der­way be­tween the CBRM and the owner of the property to the north of the ex­ist­ing berth, Jerry Nick­er­son.

CBRM Mayor Ce­cil Clarke has said they can ap­ply to ex­pro­pri­ate the land, if nec­es­sary. While the CBRM has bud­geted up to $2 mil­lion for that lot, Nick­er­son is seek­ing $6 mil­lion. Ex­pro­pri­a­tion would in­volve two in­de­pen­dent ap­praisals and com­ing up with an ar­bi­trated price.

The anal­y­sis of the op­tions is cur­rently be­ing com­pleted, Mo­rykot said.

Ex­tend­ing to the south would pose other chal­lenges, he said, call­ing them “achiev­able but prob­lem­atic, adding some up­land own­ers may have is­sues with it and the ex­ist­ing yacht berths could face us­age re­stric­tions. A par­al­lel ar­range­ment would have too big of an im­pact on the chan­nel, he said.

They took all of those op­tions and ran them through a sim­u­la­tor in Prince Ed­ward Is­land for test­ing for con­di­tions in­clud­ing wind, waves and cur­rents. In de­sign­ing the sec­ond berth, they are us­ing the large ship Oa­sis of the Seas, which is 362 me­tres long, as a guide.

Mo­rykot said geotech­ni­cal drilling and en­vi­ron­men­tal sam­pling is about to be­gin, which will show what the ground is like and where there is rock, which may af­fect the fi­nal de­sign.

Sev­eral per­mits are re­quired and a num­ber have been ap­plied for but many can’t be fi­nal­ized un­til de­tailed en­gi­neer­ing is done.

Once de­sign is com­pleted the con­struc­tion ten­der will be is­sued.

Cruise ships are get­ting larger, Mo­rykot said. The Queen Mary II, which does come to Syd­ney, is too big to dock at the cur­rent berth.

There will be an en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view and some dredg­ing will be re­quired which will also re­quire a per­mit. Op­tions will have to be con­sid­ered for de­posit­ing the dredged ma­te­rial. Mo­rykot said the cur­rent pre­ferred op­tion is re­lo­cat­ing it to the con­fined dis­posal fa­cil­ity cre­ated by the dredg­ing of Syd­ney har­bour.

The project also in­cludes up­dates for the Joan Har­riss Cruise Pav­il­ion and the ex­ist­ing dock.

Mo­rykot

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