Port of Galveston to upgrade for bigger Carnival ship

GALVESTON, TX The port board of trustees has awarded a $7.4 million contract to Houston-based Webber LLC to expand waiting areas, add restrooms and move the embarking screening area from the terminal's second floor to the first floor.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Tuesday that the board also approved an agreement with Trelleborg, Sweden,-based FMT to install a new gangway by Aug. 31. The cost limit is $3.5 million.

Port director Steve Cernak says a cruise ship the size of the Magic, which displaces 130,000 tons and carries 3,960 passengers, requires a larger gangway.

Departures are expected from Galveston in November 2011.

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