Any uncertainty on the environmental effect of longer cruise ships docking at the Cruise Ship Terminal between Broadway and Ash Street can get resolved before the Port o San Diego finished the final environmental impact report on a project to add a mooring 170 feet of the west end of the B Street Pier. The lengthening opens the port to the larger cruise ships that are replacing the old ships in the Pacific fleet that typically measure under 1,000 feet.
Once the port is certain any environmental problems will be avoided, workers can prepare to put a 600 square foot concrete mooring in the bay water on piles. Navigation lights built on the mooring will guide the ships in. The north side berth will extend out to 1,000 feet.
Ships longer than 1,100 feet will no longer have to avoid the southern California port.
A catwalk will connect the dock to the mooring.
Since 2000, cruise ships longer than 1,000 feet have taken their places in the fleet. The San Diego port that is the only one on the west coast up to Vancouver that can not take in the ships longer than 1,000 feet will open up to modern ships that can take a scheduled visit and fill in the north berth.
Start of the construction is set for spring or summer in 2014, and will last 4 months.
The port will take comments from citizens on the environmental impact explained in a draft report until 5 pm on April 2nd.
This is Center Line Policy Alert.