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Astaphan has questions about new cruise pier

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Former tourism minister Dwyer Astaphan says more details are needed regarding the arrangements to build a second cruise shipping pier in Basseterre. St. Christopher Air and Seaports Authority (SCASPA) and Jay Cashman Inc. last month signed a joint venture agreement to construct a second pier at Port Zante. According to CEO of SCAPSA, Jonathan Bass, the construction cost of the pier…will be in the region of US$31 million. “The country needs to know now what are the details of this proposed new project,” Mr. Astaphan said.

“Who is getting how much from who, what are the implications on the port, what are the implications for the tax payers, what are the implications for our cruise partners and local businesses, service providers,” he added. Mr. Astaphan even suggested that some members of the board of the St. Christopher Air and Seaports Authority were not aware of some of the details of the project as late as September 19th, just a mere day or two before the final agreement was signed between SCASPA and Jay Cashman Inc. 

Jay Cashman Inc, a company from Boston, will establish a company in St. Kitts called Cruise Port Development Ltd that will be responsible for raising all of the financing required. SCASPA will obtain the seabed rights for the area where the pier will be built from the Urban Development Corporation and will then grant a 30 year lease to Cruise Port Development Ltd to construct the pier. But Mr. Astaphan is questioning the cost to build the pier, as he believes US$31 million is too high a cost. Efforts to reach Tourism Minister Richard Skerritt for a comment were unsuccessful. 

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