Tender for pier at A-Ma area only pending Secretary’s approval

Macau (MNA) – The Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA) told MNA that it expects to launch tendering procedures for the construction of a temporary pier at the A-Ma temple area (Barra) ‘shortly.’

A spokesperson for the Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA) confirmed that the Bureau is only waiting approval from the Secretary for Land and Public Works, Raimundo Arrais do Rosário, to move ahead with the tender.

The authority noted that it has already consulted, and collected the opinions of different departments, including the Macao Customs Service, Transport Bureau (DST), Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC), and the Land and Public Works Bureau (DSSOPT).

In order to develop the project, DSAMA has considered ‘technical statistics in the maritime area,’ including hydrographical data, as well as ‘reports on wave resistance and silt reduction, on which the construction requirements of the project are based.’

The Bureau’s spokesperson added that the pier is a public facility which will serve as a berthing area for both government and cruise vessels.

Nearly a year ago, MNA reported, firsthand, that the Macau SAR Government was planning the construction of a pier in the area to serve leisure cruise operations.

According to the DSAMA, the project responds to the needs of both maritime supervision and development of maritime activities.

The development of pier facilities close to the A-Ma temple area follows the Macao Tourism Industry Development Master Plan, according to the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).