Cruise Port Expenditure to Reach $300M

U.S. ports are facing potential expenditures of SI50-300 million to meet existing Federal regulations for cruise facility design and space. That's the conclusion of a study launched this year by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). with the results unveiled at AAPA's annual convention in Curasao.

AAPA initiated the study to address cruise ports' pressing concerns over what it believes are elaborate, cumbersome.

costly and duplicative Federal requirements. The association retained the services of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, experts in facility design, to conduct the study and recommend solutions.

Under current regulations, separate facilities must be provided at cruise ports for Federal inspectors to conduct immigration, customs and agriculture checks. Although these spaces typically are used only part time, the space accounts for up to 30 percent of the entire port facility. The study found that ports have invested millions of dollars and extensive time constructing and reconstructing facilities to comply with strict regulations, only to have these expensive facilities frequently go underutilized.

It is estimated that U.S. ports will need 56-70 new terminals over the next 15 years to keep up with cruise industry growth. Based on existing FIS guidelines, these terminals will require an additional 1.000.000 to 2.100,000 square feet of space to accommodate the agencies' requests, at a cost to ports of $150-300 million.

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