The Port of Narvik is currently investing in a new cruise pier located in the centre of town. Work commences this autumn. Completion is scheduled for the first half of next year.
Built in 2 stages, the cruise pier will be 150 metres in length when finished and able to accommodate cruise ships up to 350 metres in length.
The pier will be situated at the end of current Pier 1 (forming a "T"), so the vessels will dock far enough from land in order to prevent any restrictions, according to Grethe Parker, cruise coordinator Cruise Narvik.
Land-based facilities won't be completed at the same time. However, plans include crew facilities, small market place and tourist information booth. ISPS gates are in place as the existing cruise pier is active and smaller ships already dock. Garbage and water handling will be available and the new cruise ship pier will feature specifications for future development of greywater waste-handling systems that is currently being disposed of via truck.
The new cruise pier will allow travelers walk into town and shuttle buses will no longer be needed. There is plenty of space for logistics operations and buses.
Narvik is building up infrastructure to welcome more tourists to the region. With the new cruise pier and the gondola the port town is well on its way.