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Portland Begins Construction on Cruise Ship Berth

Fri December 17, 2010 - Northeast Edition

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) The Maine Department of Transportation and city of Portland are celebrating the start of construction of a new pier big enough to host the world’s largest cruise ships.

The $4.8 million deep-water berth will complete the vision for the Ocean Gateway Marine Terminal, doubling berthing capacity for cruise ships and other large commercial vessels. Gov. John Baldacci, who attended the groundbreaking, said it’ll have a significant economic impact not just on Portland but on the entire state.

The project is funded by a transportation bond approved by voters in June.

The Oct. 29 ceremony coincided with the final cruise ship visit — by the Crystal Symphony — of the city’s record-setting 2010 cruise ship season.