Increasing island’s income
The Bridgetown Port has a master plan to create additional sources of income for the country.
Though the plan is yet to be finalised, over the next 10 years it is expected to be a guide in developmental areas such as: the flow of cargo throughout the port, improving efficiency and how the lands of the port are developed.
On a tour of 11 yachts that took part in the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge 2012, and which are now berthed at the Careenage, Minister of International Transport, George Hutson, gave an overview of the plan.
He also revealed that over the past six months the Barbados Government had invested $2 million to improve the infrastructure at the Inner Basin, adding enough buoys to berth 40 yachts with additional to be added to the outer Careenage to facilitate the yachting community, both local as well as visiting.
Hutson then promised more development in the distant future, explaining that one of the objectives of his Government was to put more emphasis on trying to develop yachting as a niche market.
“We have also put water and electrical installation along the two sides of the Careenage and that goes right into the outer Careenage,” he added. “We are also looking at doing some work in the Shallow Draft…,† which will be primarily geared at facilities for the local yachtsmen but of course once you have international regattas the facility will remain for visiting yachts to be berthed in that particular area.
“We are in the process of doing that design [master plan] but we have to take into consideration … that†those north swells create some problems inside the Shallow Draft so we have to get the engineering designs right so we don’t create a facility that will be destroyed once the north swells come in.
“That infrastructure will go in and it will have, based on some of my discussions with some of the local yachts people, recreational facilities off the boat so that as you come in and you berth, go in and clear Immigration and Customs and also that you have an area that you could use for a bar — there are enough facilities at the Shallow Draft to accommodate that.”
However, he said he was unable to give a projected cost for the overall project or time frame for when work would begin. However, he stated that†Government expected to†recover the revenue invested through berthing fees. (KC)†