Several days after Star Cruises – the third largest cruise line, announced it will make Manila its homeport, Carnival Cruise Line announced it will build a $3.5 billion mega port in Batangas.
Carnival Cruise Line is owned by Carnival Corporation – the largest cruise operator in the world.
Carnival’s Asia-Pacific operations manager Philip Gallagher said the plan to make Philippines it’s Asian homeport was suggested during the time of former president Benigno Aquino III but the latter rejected the project.
“The company is very thankful to President Duterte for finally giving us the chance to expand our business in Asia,” Gallagher said.
The proposed mega port will be built on a 2.5-kilometer shoreline of San Pascual and Bauan towns in Batangas. The port will be located 2 kilometer west of Batangas International port.
Gallagher also said the construction would last for 2 years and could employ more than 1,500 construction workers, and can produce 6,000 local jobs during its normal operation.
The port will host 13 of the company’s mega cruise ships travelling around Asia and countries surrounding Indian Ocean.
Gallagher also said one of the 13 ships will be assigned exclusively on Philippine waters to cater both Filipinos and foreign tourists.
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