Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in June 2014
General information
Status Operating(first berth),
under construction (second berth)
Location South-eastern end of the former Kai Tak Airport runway
Address 33 Shing Fung Road, Kai Tak, Kowloon,
Country Hong Kong, China
Coordinates 22°18′27″N 114°12′46″E / 22.30749°N 114.21285°E / 22.30749; 114.21285
Completed 1 June 2013
Opening 12 June 2013
Cost $2.4 billion Hong Kong dollar
Owner Government of Hong Kong
Technical details
Floor count 3
Floor area 143,600 sqaure meters(including 5,600 square meters for business area)
Design and construction
Architect Foster + Partners
Main contractor Dragages Hong Kong Limited
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park is on the roof of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal under construction in Dec 2012.
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal under construction in July 2012.
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal site is located at the tip of the Ex-Kai Tak Airport runway 31.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is a cruise ship terminal that opened at the site of the former Kai Tak Airport. Its completion date was delayed into 2013 due to re-tendering. Following an international competition, Foster + Partners was invited to design the cruise terminal. The new terminal welcomed its first passengers on June 13, 2013,[1] and has capacity to berth two large 360-metre-long vessels, which disembark a total of 5,400 passengers and 1,200 crew, as well as anticipating the demands of cruise liners currently on the drawing board.[2]

The Government announced that it would focus on the development of a new cruise terminal at Kai Tak development area to help Hong Kong become a regional transport hub for cruise liners. It was built by Dragages Hong Kong Limited and site formation was completed by Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd.

History and development[edit]

The annual berth utilisation rate of Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, which offers two berths accommodating vessels of up to 50,000 tonnes (49,000 long tons), rose to 76% last year[clarification needed] from 71% in 2003. Between 2001 and 2005, some 11 cruise vessels had to berth mid-stream and at container terminals because Ocean Terminal could not meet market demand.

Hong Kong's Secretary for Economic Development, Stephen Ip, said Hong Kong needs an additional berth between 2009 and 2015, and one to two more berths beyond 2015 to capture the growth of the regional cruise market. New cruise terminal facilities could bolster Hong Kong's coffers by up to $2.2 billion a year by 2020, and offer almost 11,000 jobs.

Development of the new facilities on the 76,000 square metres (19 acres) of land earmarked at the end of the former airport runway includes:

  • Berthing facilities – two alongside berths of 800 metres (2,600 ft), an apron area, fender system and passenger gangways;
  • Support facilities – located mainly in the cruise terminal building, such as customs, immigration, quarantine counters, and baggage handling; and,
  • A commercial area inside the cruise terminal building with a maximum gross floor area of 50,000 square metres (540,000 sq ft) for offices and retail facilities.

The Government at first adopted a market-driven approach in the new development. Selected through an open tender exercise, the successful bidder would have owned the 76,000 square metres (19 acres) of land for a 50-year period and form the site as well as design, build and operate the terminal.

A pre-tender consultation with relevant trades will be conducted in the first half of next year to expedite the pace of development, followed by invitation of tenders in the fourth quarter. The tender was to be awarded in the second quarter of 2008. The estimated development cost, excluding that for the commercial area, was about $2.4 billion HKD.


The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government issued an open tender on 9 November 2007 for the development of the new cruise terminal. With its prominent location, the cruise terminal was expected to be iconic and project an image befitting the position of Hong Kong as “Asia's world city” and a major tourist destination.

The new cruise terminal would comprise, among other things, about 30,000 square metres (320,000 sq ft) for a baggage handling area, a passenger waiting/queuing area, a customs, immigration and health quarantine area and accommodation for other government departments; a maximum of 50,000 square metres (540,000 sq ft) in the cruise terminal building for such purposes as hotels, retail space, convention halls, offices, shops and eating places; and at least 22,000 square metres (240,000 sq ft) for a landscaped deck.

The Tender Assessment Panel, chaired by the Commissioner for Tourism and comprising representatives of the relevant Government bureaus and departments, will assess the technical aspects as well as the operation and management aspects of the bids. The Tender Assessment Panel was advised by international experts appointed by the Tourism Commission and the Civil Engineering and Development Department.The tender closed at noon on Friday, 7 March 2008 (Hong Kong time).

On 9 July 2008, the Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Frederick Ma announced that the Kai Tak cruise development project will be re-tendered as submissions received in the previous exercise did not conform with requirements. Mr Ma said two submissions were received in the previous tendering exercise which closed in March. One submission called for hotel rooms to be individually sold off, while the other asked to develop more commercial area.

Subject to lawmakers' approval, the Government will re-tender the site by year's end, aiming to award the tender by the third quarter of 2009. The first berth of the new cruise terminal is expected to begin operation by the second quarter of 2013.[3]


The Government will seek lawmakers' approval to fund the site formation works and facilities required for the provision of government services in the fourth quarter of 2008. The estimated cost ranges from $1.8 billion to $2 billion.

The Civil Engineering & Development Department awarded a $407 million contract for stage-one infrastructure works at the former Kai Tak Airport on 2 September 2009. Works started on 4 September for completion in four years. The contract comprises the construction of a 1.8 km (1.1 mi)-long single two-lane carriageway, associated drainage, sewerage and water works, and a fireboat berth and public landing steps. The works will provide infrastructure to serve the early development of the southern part of the former runway area, which includes the first cruise terminal berth and a park. The works have been designed by AECOM Asia which will also supervise construction.[4]

Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Mak Chai-kwong, and the Managing Director of Dragages Hong Kong Limited, Mr Nicolas Borit on 8 May 2010 signed a design and build contract for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building. The first berth will be commissioned in mid-2013 and will be capable of accommodating the world’s largest cruise vessels. The second berth will commence operation in 2014 for berthing medium-sized cruise vessels.[5][6]

Architectural design[edit]

The cruise terminal was designed by architects Foster + Partners. The terminal currently has the capacity to disembark a total of 8,400 (peak design load) or 5400 (base design load) passengers and 1,200 crew and its design also anticipates the demands of a new generation of larger cruise liners currently being designed. The interior, which spans 70 metres, can be converted into a venue for performances, events and exhibitions, supported by the terminal’s restaurants and shops. This flexibility ensures that the building will be used all year round and can fully utilize down time. The sustainable design combines a number of energy-saving measures, and will generate power from renewable sources, as well as making use of recycled rain water for cooling.[7]

The design, routing and functionality of the new terminal are based on the much smaller Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA)[8] in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Partner in the Bouygues-led consortium which won the tender, is Amsterdam Port Consultants (APC)[9] which consists of Haven Amsterdam, the government owner of the PTA terminal, and Ingenieursbureau Lievense, which was responsible for the design of PTA. According to a press release[10] PTA was chosen as an example for the new Hong Kong terminal on the basis of its multifunctionality. Out of cruise-season, PTA is in use as an entertainment venue, for concerts, meetings parties and dinners.

Operation and management[edit]

On 8 March 2012, Worldwide Cruise Terminals Consortium was awarded the right to operate and manage the cruise terminal at Kai Tak. The consortium is required to pay the government a fixed rent of around HK$13 million for the 10-year operation. In addition, the government will receive a percentage of the operator's gross receipts as variable rent, with the percentage increasing from 7.3 percent to 34 percent as gross receipts rise. The grouping is made up of Worldwide Flight Services, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Neo Crown.[11] Mariner of the Seas was the first cruise ship to dock at the new terminal on 12 June 2013.[12]


  1. ^ Wong, Hiufu (13 June 2013). "Hong Kong's $1 billion cruise terminal opens". CNN Travel. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong Kong, 2010–2013 Foster + Partners. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  3. ^ Cruise terminal project to be re-tendered
  4. ^ Contract awarded for Kai Tak works
  5. ^ Contract signed to start construction of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building (with photos/video). Info.gov.hk (2010-05-08). Retrieved on 9 March 2012.
  6. ^ CGI Animation of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building. Youtube.com. Retrieved on 9 March 2012.
  7. ^ Foundation stone laid at Hong Kong’s new cruise terminal Foster + Partners. 8 April 2011.
  8. ^ PTamsterdam.nl. PTamsterdam.nl. Retrieved on 9 March 2012.
  9. ^ Amsterdamportconsultants.nl[dead link]
  10. ^ Amsterdamports.nl[dead link]
  11. ^ Luk, Eddie "New grouping wins rights to Kai Tak cruise terminal" The Standard. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012
  12. ^ John Tsang (27 February 2013). "Promoting Tourism Industry - 2013-14 Budget". Hong Kong Government. 

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Coordinates: 22°18′27″N 114°12′46″E / 22.30749°N 114.21285°E / 22.30749; 114.21285