The Cable: Quality Television, Unlimited Calls to the US & Canada, 2MB High Speed Internet

Connect with WINN FM

Unit C24, The Sands Complex
Newtown Bay Road, Basseterre, St. Kitts, W.I.
Download Programme Schedule

Skerritt lauds partnership on new cruise pier construction

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Tourism minister Richard Skerritt is suggesting that the government is choosing the best method in pursuing the construction of the new cruise ship pier by partnering with Jay Cashman Inc. a firm out of Boston, rather than partnering with one of the cruise companies as some islands have done. 

Former tourism minister Dwyer Astaphan in a previous interview with WINN FM, disclosed that Royal Caribbean Cruises wanted to build the new pier some years ago at a cheaper cost than the current projected costs of $US31 million. “I am not saying that you have to agree that they build a pier, but you have to listen closely and give them every fair opportunity to be your partner because you stand potentially to gain far more from holding hands with the cruise line than it is with some third party that want to build a pier and give it back to you after 30 years,” Astaphan said. 

However, while speaking at a tourism function recently, Mr. Skerritt noted that the BVI is now being affected by a decision to pursue their cruise pier expansion through a cruise company. “The (BVI) government in their wisdom decided to enter directly into a relationship with two significant cruise lines and now the largest supplier of business to the British Virgin Islands has just announced that they are pulling out the existing 175,000 passengers that they put in the British Virgin Islands as we speak in their present data from 2014 because they refuse to be seeking permission to berth at a pier that is owned by a competing cruise line,” Skerritt said. 

Jay Cashman Inc 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 Cruise port development will grant to SCASPA an operating lease for 30 years to operate the new pier. 

Hear Skerritt and Astaphan

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Comments  

0 #1 DM 2013-11-27 14:49
Dwyer's point is saddening in light of what Minister Skerrit stated about the BVI experience. The government of St. Kitts and Nevis is 100% correct for not allowing a single cruise company own the pier which it could then deny or ask for high fees for their competition cruise companies to berth.

That will mean the many other cruise lines will do just what they are doing in the BVI.

I urge the government NEVER to listen to such bad advise from Dwyer.
Quote

Add comment


Security code
Refresh


Top Local Stories

Most Read - July 2015

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

Well-known VON Technician Shot Dead in his Home

Friday 7th August, 2015 Hits:3731

Toni Frederick

Former COP and Contract Employees Say Government Owes Them Money

Sunday 5th July, 2015 Hits:3666

Toni Frederick

Man Shot, Companions Attempt Carjacking

Saturday 4th July, 2015 Hits:3530

Toni Frederick

Popular Businessman Shot Dead

Wednesday 1st July, 2015 Hits:3410

Toni Frederick

Murder suspect arrested in stop and search

Saturday 11th July, 2015 Hits:3379

Andre Huie

Foul Play Not Suspected in Death of Businesswoman

Wednesday 1st July, 2015 Hits:2800

Toni Frederick

FedEx Plane Crashes En Route To St Kitts

Thursday 13th August, 2015 Hits:2612

Toni Frederick

Erika Continues to Dump Rain on St. Kitts and Nevis as it Pulls Away

Thursday 27th August, 2015 Hits:2213

Toni Frederick

Old Road Businessman Shot After Handing Over Money To Gunmen

Monday 10th August, 2015 Hits:2107

Clive Bacchus

NHC heavily indebted says minister

Friday 10th July, 2015 Hits:2095

Andre Huie

Woman Jumps into Sea in Apparent Suicide Attempt

Friday 24th July, 2015 Hits:2053

Toni Frederick





Powered by Spearhead Software Labs Joomla Facebook Like Button

LISTEN AGAIN

 - WINN FM Evening News 29th August, 2015

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

 - The Bigger Picture with Ken Richards August 30th, 2015

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

dwyer-astaphan

The Operating Room 18th August, 2015

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.