Russia invites bids for constructing a new cruise terminal

The Federal State Enterprise “Rosmorport” has obtained a permission to construct the international sea terminal Pionersky for accommodation of cruise ships and ferries in Kaliningrad region, Russia, informs the press service of Rosmorport. The permission was given on Monday for coastal protection works, reclamation of two land plots of the 5.16 hectares total area, construction of berths, breakwaters as well as a passenger terminal building, customs and border control offices.

The international sea terminal Pionersky is one of the major infrastructural projects at the Russian Baltics designed to develop the transport and tourist sector of Kaliningrad region. Its annual capacity is planned at the level of 250,000 passengers and 80,000 trucks. In December 2016, the project received a positive opinion of the State Expert Appraisal Board and in February 2017, the design and cost estimates of the project were approved by the Federal Agency “Rosmorrechflot” controlling the construction.

On 31 October 2017 Rosmorport announced a tender to elaborate detailed design documentation and to carry out the construction works on the project.

The construction of Pionersky terminal envisages the following:

– dredging of over 1.2 mln m3 down to 10.9m;

– reclaiming of 5.16 ha artificial area;

– constructing 771m of breakwaters, two berths of 725m total length for handling cruise vessels with LOA of 317.25m and draft of 8.3m, as well as ferries with LOA of 211.5m and draft of 7.5m; also constructing a berth for the port fleet vessels of 110.2m;

– constructing a passenger terminal building, a border crossing point for passengers and general engineering facilities and installing aids to navigation.

According to the information published on the Russian official website for the state tenders, the suggested opening bid of the contract is RUR 7.39 bln (USD 123 mln). The project will be funded through the federal budget. The deadline for presenting bids is 20 November 2017. On 24 November, the bids will be considered and assessed.

The contract completion date is October 2019.

As we wrote earlier, the facility was expected to be operational by the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia on 14 June – 15 July, 2018. But as it looks now, the project has been delayed.

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