Port of LA to Develop Cruise Terminal

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 1, 2019

Image: Port of Los Angeles

Image: Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles has announced a development opportunity for an Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal at Berths 46 and 50, with plans to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) later this fall.

The proposal is intended for cruise lines, terminal operators, and real estate developers interested in creating a new state-of-the-art cruise terminal in a prime location for expansion of west coast cruise travel at America’s busiest port. Located on the south end of an extensive LA Waterfront development, the proposed 13-acre site offers unique panoramic views of the coastline and Catalina Island. The area is currently used as a concert venue, special event site, and temporary berth location for cruise ships.
The opportunity includes development, operation, and maintenance of two cruise berths and landside terminal facilities, on and offsite parking and other amenities.  

Along with the Port’s large cruise customer base, the Outer Harbor is the ideal location to handle the largest ships presently serving the west coast market, with deep water, room to expand to handle larger ships and the closest terminal location to the open ocean. In addition to the Outer Harbor location, an optional opportunity would enable a developer to operate the Port’s existing cruise terminal at Berths 91-93, plus seasonal use of facilities at Berths 54-55.
To meet industry demand, future cruise facilities must accommodate ships that are longer than 1,100 feet and carry more than 5,000 passengers. Due to the seasonality of the existing cruise business in Los Angeles, new cruise facilities are expected to accommodate alternative uses when no cruise ships are in port. These alternatives may include filming, conferences, events, and other agreed-upon uses.

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