Sealy: I don’t care!

“Put the letter on Facebook . . . I don’t care!” was the retort issued by Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy tonight as he hit back at charges levelled by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley about the long delayed $300 million Sugar Point cruise ship terminal.

During her reply to the 2017 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposal Wednesday evening, Mottley charged that Government had been signing agreements wantonly and willingly across the board as she laid bare the contents of a letter to do with the project which was expected to start in 2015.

According to Mottley, Royal Caribbean Cruise Industry Limited which had entered an agreement with the Barbados Port Authority and a company called SMI to build two cruise piers with an option for a third, penned a letter in December 2016 inquiring why the project has been delayed since it was approved by Cabinet back in August 2013.

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

The Barbados Labour Party leader, who admitted to working for the international cruise ship company prior to taking up the post of Opposition Leader, charged that while the project which would significantly boost Barbados’ cruise sector was on hold, the port was moving ahead with another initiative which involved businessman Mark Maloney.

“Would you believe that the same port is now issuing a contract for something called ‘Berth six’ without it going to tender and would you believe that having built Berth 5 at a cost overrun from $48 million to $63 million . . . $15 million more by one Mark Maloney to build Berth 5 . . . that the company has never demobilized and that in the Port . . . they have been allowed to manufacture cement piles
. . . with the authority and concession of the Chairman of the Barbados Port Inc.”

Mottley insisted that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had “a duty to clean up the actions of the Barbados Port Inc”.

However, in a dismissive reply, a defiant Sealy declared he had nothing to hide.

He told the House that Sugar Point was not off the table but there were challenges that had to be resolved.

“SMI is in a relationship with the Government. Sugar Point is not off the table per say, but Sugar Point has challenges. It is as simple as that.

“The work being done on the existing deep water harbour . . . Berth 6, is not inconsistent with Sugar Point, but there are some challenges with Sugar Point that she [Mottley] alluded to which was the cost of the project.”

Sealy stayed clear of the charges levelled against Maloney, who Mottley referred to as the “billion dollar man” during her presentation, but stressed that discussions were ongoing between his ministry and the Ministry of Finance on the way forward.

He further disclosed that Carnival Cruiselines which is responsible for the majority of home porting in Barbados also had concerns about Sugar Point because of where it is located. Sealy also said Carnival had also raised concerns related to the tidal impact, which may mean that “they may not be able to berth vessels there constantly”.

The minister of tourism stressed that cargo and cruise facilities at the port should have been separated a long time ago and the BLP should have corrected the problem during its time of plenty.

sandydeane@barbadostoday.bb

18 Responses to Sealy: I don’t care!

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 1, 2017 at 2:23 am

    MARCHIA CARES SHE WILL FIX THAT

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  2. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith June 1, 2017 at 4:30 am

    You think God sleeping

    Reply
  3. Heather Hackett
    Heather Hackett June 1, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Fool

    Reply
  4. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury June 1, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Not only you don’t care Mr Sealy. None of wanna don’t care bout nobody but wanna self and wanna damn friends in high places.

    Reply
  5. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood June 1, 2017 at 5:20 am

    All of us know you dont care

    Reply
  6. Concern citizen June 1, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Blame game as usual. Never willing to take responsibility for you all actions, but always full of excuses. Don’t blame Mia explain to the tax payers what you doing with the money you have in hand.

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  7. Miranda Douglas
    Miranda Douglas June 1, 2017 at 5:50 am

    None of you care

    Reply
  8. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain June 1, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Wow….

    Reply
  9. Everick Holder June 1, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Just like his team mate Sinker, that was his valedictory address.

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  10. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt June 1, 2017 at 6:03 am

    You do not care? Wrong word to use . R u a clown or you too rich now to care?

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  11. Bobolee Popo June 1, 2017 at 6:05 am

    what do u expect from uh man who like tuh swim in pup.

    Reply
  12. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 1, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Stubborn Dems I can’t stand at all. Arrogant brutes.

    Reply
  13. Shelly Smith
    Shelly Smith June 1, 2017 at 6:28 am

    You said it!!!

    Reply
  14. Rechelle June 1, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Save us Lord.

    Reply
  15. Maria June 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    When a minister could say he don’t care when it comes to tax payers money something has gone really wrong is he trying to tell us he don’t care because he is out of there in a few months none of you care anyway what ever the fowl do the chickens would mimic

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  16. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Cannot believe that you Mr Sealy would allow yourself to become an azz just like the other idiots in your party. You were the least written about and talked about DEM. Now you gone and do a ignorant Stuart and prove to all Barbadians that you are very much a participator the bandwagon of pretenders, frauds, crooks and jerk offs. Shame on you for allowing yourself to become a fool.

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  17. Lori mimi June 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Shame on u Mr sealy

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  18. Bajangranny June 2, 2017 at 8:02 am

    So true Mr Sealy – “I don’t care” has been the attitude of the present government for sometime now.

    Reply

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