According to Aeneas Hollins, director of yachting at Christophe Harbour, their new waterside fuel dock, which is the first in the entire federation, would be a primary driver for various types of boats to come to that Southeast Peninsula location throughout the year.
“It is the first fuel pump on the water’s edge in the federation,” said Hollins. “Previously you had to get a taxi or a truck and now you can pump into the boat on the water,” he added.
With the marina open to the gas operation, he indicated that there would be no fees attached to boats making a stopover at the marina.
With its strategic location, Hollins noted that the marina would soon become a hub and a gateway to sister island of Nevis.
“So people can arrive here and travel to the other island,” he said.
Currently the marina is a point of entry into the federation; however, there are no customs officials at that port.
He indicated that customs personnel would be stationed there “beginning in the next season”.
In giving an update on the yachting sector, Hollins that the marina brings benefits to the yacht captains who can now have their clearance done in the quickest possible way, even without being on the shores of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“The Yachting Task Force did a lot of work to make yachting easier on the captains with the very simple initiatives that they took, and now, it is one of the best places in the region, because of the simplicity of the arrival,” explained Hollins.
He continued, “You can do seven-day clearance in and out before you even arrive, electronically. This is fabulous, because it leaves the captain to do what he does best, which is to look after his guests, and it allows the guest to step ashore as soon as they arrive.”
He pointed out, also, that the new Customs system saves the yacht captains the hassle of having to venture to Basseterre to get clearance at the end of their stay at the marina.