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Dec 2, 2014

BTB looks at long term options for Cruise ship docking facilities

Last week’s cancellations caused by weather conditions, highlighted the desperate need for a docking facility.  The Director of Cruise and Regional Operations for B.T.B. says they are looking at the long term options. The situation is complicated because the Feinstein group has plans to build one at Stake Bank, but the Fort Street Tourism Village has an exclusive contract which still has a life of thirteen more years. Director Valdemar Andrade says that a docking facility would take three years to complete.

 

Valdemar Andrade, Director of Cruise and Regional Operations, B.T.B.

Valdemar Andrade

“As you guys have noted in the media and you have asked this question before, I keep saying that the B.T.B. has always recommended that a docking facility—a port with a proper docking facility—is the long-term option and that is the option. That’s the option that we have to look at for the future and it is all a matter of process. So as soon as we get through the issues; that’s where we need to go.”

 

Duane Moody

“Is there a possible roll out time for this to come into effect?”

 

Valdemar Andrade

“In terms of a docking facility, from the plans that we have seen at the B.T.B., it will take about three years for completion of a cruise port and docking facility; with the causeways that have been proposed. However, the actual docking facility to dock the ships, to dock four ships of the Oasis-class, should be able to be completed within twelve to eighteen months according to those plans.”

 

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