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04 Aug 2017
Port Castries

Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas, is resuming calls to Port Castries.

Following a successful dredging exercise undertaken by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), the 310- metre-long voyager class vessel can again dock at Pointe Seraphine.

The ship had previously been unable to dock at the city’s port due to harbor depth concerns.

SLASPA closed Pointe Seraphine's berth number 1 to undertake major extension works, and reassigned Adventure of the Seas to berth numbers 2 to 4, which are of sufficient length to accommodate ships up to 330 metres in length. However, Royal Caribbean International expressed concern over the depth of the harbor alongside the berths. The required depth is a minimum of 10 metres.

SLASPA’s subsequent measurements revealed that the depths were inconsistent with requirements, and undertook a dredging exercise. The work involved using a ship to suction silt off the bottom of the harbor, and using heavy equipment to excavate heavier material until the required depth was achieved.

The cruise line has expressed satisfaction with SLASPA’s efforts and Adventure of the Seas is scheduled to call at Port Castries every 3 weeks, way into the next cruise season.