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Old March 27th, 2009, 05:28 AM   #1
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CATAÑO | Nueva Terminal de Pasajeros | AcuaExpreso | U/C

Terminal de lanchas nuevo en Catano y ferry's nuevos:

http://www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com/n...d=1220&ct_id=0



Maritime Transportation Authority to invest $77.1 million in 2009
By : LAWSON D. THURSTON
lawson@caribbeanbusinesspr.com
Edition: March 26, 2009 | Volume: 37 | No: 12


Capital improvements slated for ferry terminals, including island’s first ‘green’ public facility; new vessels to be launched into service

It’s full speed ahead for Puerto Rico’s public ferry system.

The government’s Maritime Transportation Authority (ATM by its Spanish initials) will invest approximately $77.1 million this year in capital improvements and new vessels to overhaul the ferry system.

The ATM, a public corporation under the Department of Transportation & Public Works (DTOP by its Spanish acronym) umbrella, oversees operations of the San Juan metropolitan ferry system between Hato Rey, San Juan and Cataño as well as the ferry routes between Fajardo, Vieques and Culebra.

Less than three months after taking the ATM helm, Executive Director Ibsen R. Santiago has already taken significant steps toward bringing the agency and its assets back to life.

When Santiago arrived on the job in January, he found the agency sinking under $8 million in debt, dilapidated ferry terminals and vessels that had been sitting idle for years or operating with marginal maintenance at best.

Santiago immediately relaunched the Hato Rey service, better known as the Acuaexpreso, which had been docked for much of the past eight years.

“I found the problem with ATM was primarily administrative. Part of my mission is to be a good administrator of this agency. We have paid $5.3 million so far to suppliers owed money for work done but never paid. Still, we need to clear an additional $2.7 million to $3 million in debt,” Santiago said.

“Our objective is to break even in our finances by the end of this fiscal year (June 30). So far it looks like we’ll be able to achieve that goal. We have taken action to reduce our operational costs by 30%, which has included reducing professional-services contracts and trust positions,” Santiago added.

Ferry terminal renovation and construction
Santiago has been busy working with a clear vision to completely renovate and upgrade ATM’s ferry terminals. He came to ATM after 26 years at the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and has vast experience and knowledge in federal funding and procurement issues. To that end, he has already begun to capitalize on that experience to procure funding for the ferry terminal projects.

Santiago explained that in most such projects, federal funding can be up to 80%. However, certain projects eligible under President Barack Obama’s stimulus package could qualify for 100% funding, he said.

“Now, especially under the current economic scenario, we need to maximize our participation in projects that can benefit from the Obama stimulus. We are currently preparing requests for federal funding and to put out bids to renovate the terminals in the ferry system,” Santiago said.

Renovation of the Hato Rey terminal will begin soon to the tune of $2 million. Plans include bringing the terminal building up to modern standards, renovating the dock and dredging the approach in the Martín Peña Channel.

Santiago is also looking at possible value-added business operations to integrate into the Hato Rey terminal since its sits on prime property across the street from the Puerto Rico Coliseum, adjacent to the Urban Train and within walking distance of the Golden Mile banking district.

Also on Santiago’s agenda in the near future is building a new terminal in Cataño adjacent to the existing terminal, which would be demolished. The new Cataño terminal is projected to take approximately two and a half years to complete.


“The Cataño terminal has $16.8 million in federal funds assigned. It will be the first ‘green’ public facility in Puerto Rico powered by solar energy. Any excess energy generated will be sold to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which will help cover part of the operational costs of the terminal,” he said.

“The new terminal will be larger and very modern, with an open-air feeling thanks to a glass roof structure. It will also feature a cafeteria and concessions. We expect this project to go out for bid within the next few months,” said Santiago.

Santiago sees a window of opportunity now for projects such as the Cataño ferry terminal that could qualify for 100% in federal funding under the Obama stimulus.

Capital improvements with investment in the millions are also scheduled for the ferry terminals in Old San Juan, Fajardo, Vieques and Culebra, as well as the ATM’s Isla Grande maintenance base in Miramar.

“The Fajardo terminal will be completely renovated. We are working with the communities of Vieques and Culebra to listen to their concerns and take into account their needs as main users of the system,” Santiago said.

New vessels
ATM currently has three new vessels under construction that will be integrated into the ferry system this year.

La Princesa, capable of transporting up to 149 passengers, is scheduled for delivery this June and will be put into service for the Cataño-Old San Juan route across San Juan Bay. It is the first new vessel purchased (investment approximately $2 million) for that route in 18 years.


At an investment of approximately $10 million, Cayo Blanco is a 600-passenger vessel that will ferry people primarily between Fajardo and Vieques. It is scheduled for arrival in August.

La Décima is a vessel under construction that will be capable of transporting up to 49 passengers. The water taxi will serve the Hato Rey-Old San Juan Acuaexpreso route and is scheduled to arrive in November. Investment for this water taxi will be approximately $670,000.

Maintenance base renovations and improvements
The ATM has maintenance bases in Isla Grande and a service area in Fajardo. The maintenance base at Isla Grande was originally built at a cost of $30 million. It has a special water lift powered by Rolls Royce motors, which can heft ATM vessels out of the water for drydock repair and service.

Recently, Santiago and his team dry-docked the Isleño ferry—which services Fajardo, Vieques and Culebra—for repairs at ATM’s Isla Grande maintenance base. In the past, the agency sent ferries to the U.S. for major repairs and even routine maintenance. That policy has been changed by Santiago.

“Why should we send our repair work to the U.S. mainland when we can do the work right here at home? Not to mention the savings that can be realized by doing the work locally. Besides, by keeping the work here, we are supporting local businesses. It also gives the employees at the maintenance bases a sense of ownership,” Santiago said.

According to Santiago, if the required work for the Isleño and two other vessels scheduled for drydock were done on the U.S. mainland, it would have cost approximately $1.2 million.

“By doing the work in Puerto Rico, it will all cost approximately $800,000. The $400,000 in savings for these projects can be reinvested into other projects. We expect the Isleño to be back in service looking like new in less than two months,” Santiago said.

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Old March 27th, 2009, 05:35 AM   #2
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¡Santiago le mete!!! ¡Que bueno que alguien sabe lo que está haciendo!
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Old March 28th, 2009, 07:50 PM   #3
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i don't know if anyone is clicking into the Caribbean Business website ( i know that i usually don't click on links :/ ) but there is an AMAZING render picture of the new terminal in catano there, along side other good pics, of course.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #4
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Old March 29th, 2009, 02:15 AM   #5
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Wow que brutal va a quedar... gracias Alexis por la foto
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Old March 29th, 2009, 03:47 AM   #6
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Awesome!! Gracias por traer la noticia y los renders rasta y alexis

Este tema debería ir en Proyectos con el título "Cataño | Terminal de lanchas"

btw, echo de menos a manka, que será de su vida :S
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Old March 31st, 2009, 06:37 AM   #7
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the render looks SO amazing, i really hope they go through with this.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 09:39 PM   #8
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Me gusta mucho ese render. Espero que lo hagan. Gracias Alexis
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Old April 1st, 2009, 12:19 AM   #9
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aqui hay un render del nuevo terminal de Cataño y uno en San Juan...

http://www.prtc.net/~ramosramosassoc..._projects.html
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Old April 1st, 2009, 01:07 AM   #10
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Grax x el link. Informacion interesante.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:29 AM   #11
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woah thanks yosoelrey.. i think that might be a render for an updated hato rey ferry terminal
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:49 AM   #12
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(http://www.prtc.net/~ramosramosassoc...rojects_2.html)



New Cataño Passenger Ferryboat Terminal Bldg. (2,865.18 sq.ft.)

Nereidas Ave.

Cataño, Puerto Rico

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2004

$15,000,000.00

* Project scheduled to start construction

** Project in design phase
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 04:01 AM   #13
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I wish I could resize the photos.

@sbstn: Both terminals shown are Cataño and Old San Juan terminals.
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 04:13 AM   #14
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Quote:
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I wish I could resize the photos.
Well, I couldn't do much about' em cause of their original size but somethin' is somethin'.


Cataño's new ferry terminal



Old San Juan's ferry terminal after remodeling

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Old April 2nd, 2009, 07:01 AM   #15
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Jaykar: Somethin' is better than Nothin'

A la verdad que el terminal nuevo de cata~o se va a ver mostro el de San Juan esta bonito pero es mas de lo mismo...
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 07:40 AM   #16
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Quote:
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Jaykar: Somethin' is better than Nothin'
Acaso me estas corrigiendo con el refran??? LOL naaah u r right, that's why I posted them n gotta agree with u, OSJ's is more of da same.
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 07:50 AM   #17
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La de Catano no es tan malo, pero sera bueno tener una nueva. Tambien, es muy bueno que sera solar power. La terminal en VSJ esta bien, no creo que necesita ser cambiado. Ninguna es foto de Hato Rey como puede ver las lanchas entrando de un area grande. La de Hato Rey es muy estrecho. Creo que la terminal Acua Expreso en Hato Rey sera lo mejor lugar por una estacion central de commuter train.
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Old April 4th, 2009, 12:17 AM   #18
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Quote:
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I wish I could resize the photos.

@sbstn: Both terminals shown are Cataño and Old San Juan terminals.
thanks man, i see it now haha
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Old April 4th, 2009, 01:01 AM   #19
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La de Catano no es tan malo, pero sera bueno tener una nueva. Tambien, es muy bueno que sera solar power. La terminal en VSJ esta bien, no creo que necesita ser cambiado. Ninguna es foto de Hato Rey como puede ver las lanchas entrando de un area grande. La de Hato Rey es muy estrecho. Creo que la terminal Acua Expreso en Hato Rey sera lo mejor lugar por una estacion central de commuter train.
¿Acaso la has visitado recientemente? Es una atrocidad. Sucia, abandonada y aunque ya tiene solar lighting, dejan las luces prendidas todo el día hasta cuando hace sol, un gasto de recursos.
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Old April 4th, 2009, 02:25 AM   #20
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Yo estuve alla en Agosto y he visitado muchas veces en el pasado. Debes visitar algunas terminales de NY Waterway aqui en NYy NJ. No son grandes ni "fancy" pero si funcionan
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