Inaugural turnaround at Singapore's new terminal
Intercruises was the ground handler for the first ever turnaround at Singapore´s new Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCC), supporting the Royal Caribbean vessel Voyager of the Seas on May 26th
, 2012. The turnaround was a first for both the Voyager in Asia and for the MBCC, which was completed in early May.
The new international terminal will strengthen Singapore’s connectivity by sea and promote cruise activity in the region. The MBCC facilities are designed to speed up the passenger turnaround process and have increased Singapore’s berth capacity from just two to four ships. Due to the location of the terminal, larger vessels, previously forced to dock in the container terminals 45 minutes from the centre of Singapore, will now be able to dock closer to the city centre. Featuring a finger pier that allows two 220,000gt ships to dock simultaneously, the MBCC will significantly increase the cruise traveling business in Singapore. The terminal is operated by SATS, provider of gateway services in Singapore, in collaboration with Creuers del Port de Barcelona (Creuers).
Both local and international cruise industry dignitaries were invited to celebrate the inauguration including Royal Caribbean’s President & CEO, Adam Goldstein. He was joined by Mr Tan Chuan Lye, President and CEO of SATS-Creuers Cruise Services and Mr Chew Choon Seng, Chairman of Singapore Tourism Board.
The Intercruises Asia team was ready at the MBCC to greet the Voyager, with ground operations expertly coordinated by Clare Willmer, Operations Manager for Singapore, Aaron Lin, Operations Supervisor and supported by a few members of the regional team led by Laura Vlad, Intercruises Asia Regional Director. The turnaround ran smoothly due to an outstanding effort from the team and marked an excellent start to the season. To quote some of the industry publications, “it went without a hitch”. Over the summer, Intercruises Asia continues to support the Voyager as she sails to cruise destinations across China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.