It is going to cost $22 million to make Heritage Wharf ready for the Norwegian Breakaway.

Government announced today the contract has been awarded to SunRise Construction Limited in the amount of $22,369,961.93.

SurRise has partnered with Crisson Construction Limited and Onsite Engineering.

They are expected to complete the construction work prior to the arrival of the maiden voyage of the Breakaway on May 15.

A spokesperson said: “As part of the ongoing communication, the Ministry of Public Works today announced that the Department of Planning has the application for the proposed works to the Heritage Wharf on file, and the statutory planning process has been recognized.  Consultations were held with a number of key stakeholders in late 2012 and early 2013 and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared for these works of strengthening and extending the existing wharf to accommodate the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship.”

Prior to the completion of the project, the Department of Marine and Ports will continue to liaise with the cruise ship operators to manage cruise ship arrivals effectively during the construction period. 

“In addition the Ministry of Public Works will be undertaking passenger movement analysis over the coming months in order to provide a transportation plan that will facilitate the movement of passenger arrivals due the cruise ship season.”

Heritage Wharf initially cost $60 million when it was built, even though it was supposed to cost $39 million.