Ceremony marks official start of new cruise pier

Glen Bart, MyVueNews.com

Officials pose in front of the dredging ship at Port Zante.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 16th May, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – A Seabed Breaking Ceremony for the $48 million second cruise pier at Port Zante, was held on  Tuesday May 15, 2018, officially marking the physical start of work on the pier.

An enthused Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ian Patches Liburd told the audience, “The moment you have been waiting for is here. The actual physical construction of the second cruise pier has now commenced. In just under 18 months, your Team Unity Administration will deliver on another one of its promises come September 2019.”

Liburd said the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the main contractors, will hand over to the Air and Sea Ports Authority, and by extension to the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, the second cruise pier that will be 60 feet wide, 670 feet long, with a depth along side of approximately 32 feet.

He said the pier is designed to withstand a one-in-a-hundred years storm, will be able to accommodate, at the same time, two of the world’s largest cruise ships – the Oasis Class ships.

According to the minister, the commissioning of the second cruise pier will result in St. Kitts being considered a marque cruise destination.

Liburd said, “What the former administration failed to do, we have done a second time around. This is progress. Real progress.”

CCC is the primary contractor. The primary sub-contractor is JV Driver. Dredging works are being done by Ocean Dredging Canada, and the pier superstructure will be carried out by American Bridge of the USA.

These teams will be supported by local sub-contractors, tradesmen and labourers. Liburd stated. One of the local sub-contractors already engaged is the St. Kitts Marine Works.

Last weekend, JV Driver held a Job Fair at which over 300 tradesmen and sub-contractors signed up.

The minister indicated that by July JV Driver “will have its full complement of workers all from the local labour pool”.

Commenting on the need for the second cruise pier, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said, “In an area in which we are extremely competitive, given our small size and physical [spatial] limits, we are doing extremely well. This activity in which we are engaged today is consistent with that. It is about expanding our entry in tourism – one of the industries in which we have shown a high level of competitiveness.”

The construction of the second cruise pier is financed under a syndicate arrangement between the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank (SKNANB); the St. Kitts and Nevis Social Security Board; the St. Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) and the St. Kitts and Nevis Trading and Development Company (TDC).

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