Visakhapatnam Port is developing International Cruise Terminal for which the existing channel berth in the inner channel area of VPT will be utilized as part of the proposed structure. The Port management will soon appoint Architectural & Engineering consultancy for design of terminal building and for preparation of conceptual lay out plan of backup area behind channel berth. The consultant shall identify the tourism circuits for the foreigners from East/West. Establishing the suitable road/rail connectivity and transport systems to the Airport, Railway station, Bus Terminal, Beach Road, etc., for the Tourists.
At present passenger vessels are operating to Andaman Islands from VPT for which East Quay berths are utilized for this purpose. Considering the immense potential for cruise tourism, VPT will be developing a modern cruise terminal with all the facilities. The proposed terminal will be able to handle design passenger vessel with LOA=300m, Beam=37.6m, Draft=8.1m. The proposed berth will be able to accommodate 2,000 passengers at a time. The terminal building floor area is about 2000 m2and required ancillary facilities like internal roads, parking, fencing etc., will be developed in the available backup area of 15,000sq.m behind the berth.
VPT management feels that Visakhapatnam is ideally placed to promote cruise tourism as the city has ample of connectivity options, numerous options with respect to sites of interest, which are located within 30 km radius, along the coast. There are also two Buddhist heritage sites, with a single lane beach road being the only major connectivity option.