OSLO: The port of Longyearbyen in Norway plans to open a floating cruise terminal in 2017 if it can secure state funding next year.
Designed by Norwegian architects Snøhetta, the two-storey terminal has been designed for use in ports surrounded by solid and floating ice. Measuring 120 metres in length and 35 metres in width, the terminal will be 9m high and is expected to be able to cater for ships of up to 260-280m in favourable weather conditions.
Longyearbyen will also construct two buildings on the pier, one containing port offices and a loading area with storage spaces below deck, and another with a lounge and café for tourists and a marine research centre. There are also plans to construct an amphitheatre that will host lectures for more than 100 people.
Plus, the pier will have underwater access for remotely operated underwater vehicles and divers.