On hold!

Cruise ship terminal stalled

The proposed multi-million-dollar Sugar Point Cruise Ship Terminal, which was scheduled to be up and running this year, has been put on hold.

Chief Executive Officer of Barbados Port Inc David Jean-Marie told Barbados TODAY while the board remained committed to the project, there had been no movement on the venture.

Chief Executive Officer of Barbados Port Inc David Jean-Marie.

“There is no progress on that [Sugar Point] . . . .There is nothing on that. The board remains committed to that but there is nothing to report on that,” Jean-Marie said.

Asked if it had been put on hold, the port executive replied: “Kind ‘o, yea. We just trying to work out the numbers on it so it’s on hold for now.”

The lack of financing appears to be the hold-up, with Operations Manager at Bridgetown Port Ian Stuart saying: “It’s a question of finding the right financing package.”

Construction on the first phase of the project was expected to start last year, with the facility due to become operational in time for the 2016-2017 cruise season.

Key elements of the project include three 350 metre-long pile-supported piers providing berths for six large ships, cruise terminal building and associated infrastructure, multi-use land-side development and the separation of cruise and cargo operations, according to the Port.

The primary objectives of the project are to ease congestion in the existing port, separate cruise and cargo operations, create a world-class cruise facility/destination and a significant public amenity for Barbadians and encourage home porting, Bridgetown Port had said.

The Sugar Point team, a joint venture of SMI Infrastructure Solutions and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), was selected to undertake a front end engineering design study for the new cruise ship terminal adjacent to the existing Port of Bridgetown.

The proposed new facility was being designed to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships and to significantly improve the arrival experience of cruise passengers.

Though separate and distinct, the Sugar Point project and the expansion of Berth 5, which was completed last year, were part of a major upgrade and capacity boost for the sea port.

In March last year, Jean-Marie had announced at a Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry business luncheon that the port was expected to complete a $100 million upgrade and capacity boost by October of the same year.

That upgrade would comprise the expansion of Berth 5. He told the audience at the time the capital investment included a new $50 million berthing facility dedicated to handling all cargo, thus separating the cargo handling area from cruise passengers.

He added then the investment also covered a US$24 million state-of-the-art equipment package, including a new Panamax crane, 15 forklifts, electric straddle carriers and additional cargo-handling equipment.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.

5 Responses to On hold!

  1. Tony Webster December 29, 2016 at 4:43 am

    There was no need to pull-up…de handbrake…as the car…was already out of ga$…and hence…both stationary AND imobilised.

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  2. jrsmith December 29, 2016 at 6:01 am

    One thing about our politicians ,they have the lead on making everything as uncertain as possible for Barbados..
    We have no representation, we have no one who have the ..lls to be honest with our people , thats why everyone mostly world organisation , is having a pop at us.. tin pot Government , biscuit , rum and corned beef politicians…
    What next, what next ,what next , what next to come….

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  3. Jennifer December 29, 2016 at 7:20 am

    All of us in the corn beef can. But who is it that is holding the key? No wonder our people like corn beef.

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  4. Peter December 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    No investor thinking positively would even bother to listen much less invest in a country so badly run. especially with devaluation just a short distance ahead. The sas thing is that Bajans know it but are living in denial.

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  5. eddy murray December 29, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I said before that Barbados, have a new NASA launching pad here. Every time we launching something and it never get off the ground.

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