Walk on Water

FLOAT­ING CRUISE PIER TO DE­BUT I N THE CARIBBEAN.

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FIVE YEARS AF­TER THE IN­STALL­MENT OF SEAWALK,

a float­ing cruise pier, in the UNESCO-listed fjord of Geiranger, Nor­way, the com­pany has an­nounced its first foray into the Caribbean. The SeaWalk pier will be­come a cen­tral part of an ex­ten­sive tourist de­vel­op­ment project in Ja­maica for the Port Author­ity of Ja­maica. The SeaWalk pier is sched­uled to be de­liv­ered in fall 2018 to be in­stalled at Port Royal, part of "the sunken pi­rate city,” which is be­ing pre­served by the Ja­maica Na­tional Her­itage Trust.

"This is a big break­through for us, and cre­ates many op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture," says Arthur Kordt, part­ner of Cruise Ven­tures, which de­liv­ers the SeaWalk piers. "We see that there is a large po­ten­tial for flex­i­ble, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly cruise piers in the world mar­kets these days, and we ex­pect to do more in­stal­la­tions in the near fu­ture. The SeaWalk pier has al­ready been used for more than 350 cruise calls in five dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tions in Scan­di­navia. The clear ad­van­tage of the SeaWalk is that cruise pas­sen­gers can be brought to shore at al­most any des­ti­na­tion pos­si­ble.”

It was a de­ci­sive fac­tor for the gov­ern­ment in Ja­maica that SeaWalk had been in op­er­a­tion in Geiranger; this fjord is a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, while UNESCO ap­pli­ca­tion is pend­ing for the Un­der­wa­ter City of Port Royal.

"SeaWalk is one of the most im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal mea­sures in Geiranger as it elim­i­nates the need for ten­der boats," says Rita Ber­stad Maraak, har­bor master in Geiranger­fjord Cruise Har­bor.

“We use moor­ing in­stal­la­tions based on the ex­treme North Sea en­vi­ron­ment, which, up un­til now, has been un­prece­dented in the Caribbean re­gion,” says Cap­tain Svein Sleip­nes, re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive for SeaWalk, adding that “SeaWalk can uti­lize safe havens pre­vi­ously not avail­able un­til now.”

Geiranger’s float­ing cruise pier

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