Ad­ven­ture of the Seas Re­turns to Port Cas­tries

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional's cruise ship, Ad­ven­ture of the Seas, is re­sum­ing its calls to Port Cas­tries. Thanks to a suc­cess­ful dredg­ing ex­er­cise un­der­taken by the Saint Lu­cia Air and Sea Ports Au­thor­ity (SLASPA), the 310 me­tre-long (1017.6 feet) Voy­ager Class ves­sel can again dock at Pointe Seraphine. Ad­ven­ture of the Seas had pre­vi­ously been un­able to dock at the city's port due to depth is­sues.

SLASPA has been con­duct­ing a ma­jor ex­ten­sion project at Pointe Seraphine berth num­ber 1 and so the Au­thor­ity had to close that berth. Con­se­quently, Ad­ven­ture of the Seas was re­as­signed to berth num­bers 2 to 4, which are con­sid­ered sec­ondary cruise berths but are of suf­fi­cient length to ac­com­mo­date ships up to 330 me­tres in length. How­ever, Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional in­di­cated that it would not al­low Ad­ven­ture of the Seas to dock at these berths un­less SLASPA could demon­strate that the har­bour was deep enough along­side for the ship. The re­quired depth along­side the berth is a min­i­mum of 10 me­tres for the en­tire length of the berths. SLASPA's mea­sure­ments showed that the depths along­side were in­con­sis­tent with this re­quire­ment and so it un­der­took the dredg­ing ex­er­cise to ad­dress this.

The work in­volved us­ing a ship to suc­tion silt off the bot­tom and heavy equip­ment to ex­ca­vate heav­ier ma­te­rial. As a re­sult, SLASPA was able to meet Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional's re­quire­ments for its ship in a rel­a­tively short amount of time. The cruise line has ex­pressed its sat­is­fac­tion with SLASPA's ef­forts and Ad­ven­ture of the Seas is sched­uled to call at Port Cas­tries ev­ery 3 weeks all the way into the next cruise sea­son.

Due to SLASPA’s ex­pan­sion project at Point Seraphine, Ad­ven­ture of the Seas will re­sume calls to Port Cas­tries.

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