New terminal planned for large cruise ships

Plans for a new cruise ship terminal in Britain were unveiled today.

The building, at Southampton Docks, will cement the port's position at the largest turnaround cruise ship operation in northern Europe, owners Associated British Ports (ABP) said.

The cruise industry has expanded rapidly in the last 10 years and the new terminal will allow Southampton to accommodate the largest cruise ships.

Doug Morrison, port director of ABP Southampton, said: "Investing in this type of infrastructure helps create jobs and will bring prosperity to the city and surrounding economy.

"We are very proud of our port here in Southampton and the building of a fifth cruise terminal will cement our position at the forefront of the European cruise industry."

The 30 million building will be the fifth cruise terminal in Southampton and it should become operational in 2013.

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