Major capacity expansion in the works for IJmond port
Highest point reached in Felison Cruise Terminal construction
IJMUIDEN – A large crane hoisted KVSA’s director Frans Baud into the air. Moments later, he planted a flag on the highest point of the Felison Cruise Terminal at the IJmond port in IJmuiden. The terminal’s construction, that started in January, is already scheduled for completion in early May. Then, passengers of the MSC Opera will be the first to enjoy the new terminal.
Champagne brought a festive touch to the celebration, which marked the terminal’s construction having reached its highest point on Friday Febuary 24th. Arjen Verkaik, councilor of Economic Affairs at the Velsen municipality, was one of the guests. He and his team have taken an active part in the swift and smooth handling of the required procedures. The Velsen municipality admires the project, which, especially in the current economic climate, holds great significance for the region.
The new cruise terminal brings a substantial increase in capacity. Larger vessels can dock and more passengers can be handled than in the current terminal, which is situated further inland. In addition, the IJmond port will be able to handle two large cruise ships simultaneously. Simulations show both docks are prepared for the trials of Dutch weather, being able to withstand wind speeds of up to 8 on the Beaufort scale (46 miles or 40 knots per hour) without any negative effect. More than 40 vessels are scheduled to make use of the new terminal throughout September.
The Felison Cruise Terminal offers 1600 square meters of space divided over two floors, enabling it to easily facilitate over 2000 passengers. Passengers can sojourn in the waiting room on the first floor, which offers a stunning view of the IJmond port. The ground floor houses passport checks and baggage handling. In front of the terminal there will be a kiss & ride strip, as well as a large square from which busses will shuttle to and from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam and other destinations. There will also be a large parking lot for passengers travelling by car.
An abundance of steel was incorporated in a sleek and efficient design, suiting the dynamic industrial areas surrounding the IJmond port. The terminal’s official opening is planned for the 4th of May and will be officiated by MSC Cruises’ CEO, Pierfrancesco Vago. MSC’s Opera and Lirica ships will be making frequent use of the Felison Cruise Terminal.
For more information as well as the cruise calendar visit www.felisonterminal.nl