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Port of Seattle releases RFP for new cruise facility

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The NWSA and the Port of Seattle envision the entire Terminal 46 site, including the cargo and cruise operations, as a flexible maritime transportation facility and a critical asset to Seattle’s working waterfront.

The Port of Seattle released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the proposed cruise facility at Terminal 46 to the three shortlisted teams announced in May. These teams will compete to become the winning firm that will co-invest with the Port to build and operate the facility, utilizing the northern third of the terminal property for a single-berth cruise terminal.

The three teams are Cruise Industry Leaders Group, a partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. MSC Cruises S.A., Carnival Corporation and SSA Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Carrix, Inc.; Global Ports Holding Plc and Civil & Building North America, Inc.; and Ports America, teaming with Jacobs Engineering Group.

These teams submitted responses to a public, competitive Request for Qualifications that the Port launched last March. The Port expects to announce the winning team early next year, with delivery of the new facility for the 2023 cruise season.

Also in August, the NWSA released an RFP for the development of the southern 50 acres of Terminal 46. The NWSA and the Port of Seattle envision the entire Terminal 46 site, including the cargo and cruise operations, as a flexible maritime transportation facility and a critical asset to Seattle’s working waterfront.

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