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New gangway at Pier 4 to enhance cruise passenger movement



The new gangway will provide a means for passengers to comfortably and safely board and disembark cruise ships.

By The Star Staff


Puerto Rico Ports Authority Executive Director Joel A. Pizá Batiz announced Tuesday that as part of the government’s action plan to meet the infrastructure needs of the cruise ship industry and optimize operational safety, Pier 4 in Old San Juan will debut a new boarding bridge, or gangway, on the second floor of the facility.


Pizá Batiz noted that the gangway will provide a means for passengers to comfortably and safely board and disembark cruise ships. It is designed to accommodate the movement of passengers with different levels of mobility, including those with disabilities or using mobility aids such as wheelchairs or walkers, while protecting its users from external elements such as inclement weather.


Likewise, the Ports chief stressed that the installation of the walkway, whose design, manufacture and installation cost around $650,000, will also facilitate the customs and immigration processes that are conducted on the second level of Pier 4, since its location is close to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection control points.


Project managers were in continuous communication and coordination with the shipping companies operating at Pier 4, so that all operations, present and future, are not compromised by the installation of the new equipment.


Pizá Batiz added that “the installation of these gangways is in addition to other improvements made this year to Pier 4, which include the installation of new barriers on the dock platform, new surveillance cameras and a public internet service.”


“These actions certainly position [the San Juan docks] in competitiveness with other ports by meeting their needs and making significant improvements to infrastructure,” he said.

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