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$2.9 m. dock may be too shallow

Barbuda River Wharf Dock during construction.

Barbuda River Wharf Dock during construction.

ST. JOHN’S — Barbudans are holding off on celebrations despite the reported completion of the long awaited $2.9 million River Wharf Dock because of concerns the water is too shallow for most boats to dock.

“There was not enough foresight by the people who actually did the work. There should have been some dredging included in the works, there was no dredging included,” Chairman of the Barbuda Council Arthur Nibbs said.

“We have a landing repaired, but we are going to be having difficulties for boats to come alongside the dock to deposit their cargo and passengers respectively. So, whilst we are grateful for the work that has been done, it has not been done properly,” the chairman noted.

Construction of the dock began at the beginning of March and was carried out by Devcon Construction.

The Antigua & Barbuda Port Authority – through a loan from the Hadeed-family-owned Finance & Development Company Limited – funded it.

Nibbs said his understanding is that Devcon was not asked to do any dredging as part of the contract.

He said he wrote to the Port Authority “three to four weeks ago” but has received no response. He also lamented that he has been left out of the loop with all official communication concerning the project.

The council chairman also noted he raised the issue with Member of Parliament for Barbuda and Minister of Public Works Trevor Walker, but said he was not happy with the response he received.

Meanwhile, captain and owner of the Barbuda Express Ferry Greg Urlwin praised the quality of the work carried out by the contractors but admitted there remains a need for dredging work. (Antigua Observer)

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