RUSH Marine of Titusville is the contractor currently working on the waterside construction of the new berth, which began in September. Construction crews are demolishing the existing pier structures at the site and installing protective barriers to prevent erosion resulting from wake and wave action generated by vessels transiting the Port’s main channel. The $38.6 million project is expected to be completed in December.
In December, Port commissioners approved issuing up to $117 million in bonds to finance the cruise terminal project. Miami-based Carnival also will provide $50 million in as part of a long-term agreement between the Port Authority and the cruise line that began in September. Additionally, the Port will receive $6 million in grants from the Florida Department of Transportation for project infrastructure work.
Ivey’s Construction built Cruise Terminal 1, the Port’s newest operational terminal, and its adjacent parking garage in 2014. Ivey’s also constructed the parking garage for Cruise Terminal 5 on the Port’s north side in 2016. The company currently is improving north side cruise terminal roadways to improve traffic patterns, augment pedestrian safety and expand and improve the capacity of existing roads. Ivey’s also is the contractor for the Port’s wayfinding project, currently installing new vehicular directional signs and gateway signs throughout Port Canaveral, on SR 528 and A1A. Those two projects will be completed this spring.
With a futuristic design inspired by nearby Kennedy Space Center, CT-3 will welcome the 180,000-ton “XL-class” Mardi Gras, currently under construction in Finland. With a maximum capacity of 6,500 passengers and about 2,000 crew members, the Mardi Graswill be the first North American-based cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas when she goes into service in fall 2020. The vessel also will be the first cruise ship to feature a roller coaster, which will be called BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster.