Port Royal welcomes first cruise ship in over 40 years
The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has officially opened its new Port Royal Cruise Port, bringing cruise ships back to Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, for the first time in more than four decades.
The port was inaugurated during a call from Marella Cruises’ Marella Discovery 2 on 20 Janaury, which also marked the first time PAJ used its new floating SeaWalk pier. Like a jet bridge at an aiport, the motorised articulated SeaWalk pier is anchored at the port and unfolded and secured alongside the vessel to allow passengers and crew to walk from ship to shore. This means PAJ can welcome vessels without needing to complete the extensive dredging and infrastructure works typically associated with building a cruise berth.
Thursday June 13, 2019 | NEPA
Environmental Impact Assessment of the Old Coal Wharf for the Port Royal
Cruise Pier Development Project
The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) proposes to develop a Floating Cruise Ship Pier (Sea
WalkTM) and Terminal at the Old Coal Wharf site in Port Royal. The proposed development
site is situated immediately outside of the Port Royal World Heritage property delineation
but falls within the proposed buffer zone. The proposed development site comprises
approximately 9 acres and is sited at the extreme eastern end of the Port Royal township.
The project is regarded as a potential catalyst for the “preservation and restoration of
historic and archaeological assets, while fostering improvement in the quality of life for the
Port Royal community”. (JNHT 2019).
Its importance as a potential major earner of tourism dollars is underscored by the UNESCO
ranking as one of the most important archaeological sites in the Caribbean and a unique site
This study was carried out according to the Terms of Reference approved by NEPA (Terms Of