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Sep 8, 2017

New cruise port to be built in southern Belize District

Before Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Harvest Caye opened last November, Belize had exactly zero docking facilities for visiting cruise ships. With construction set to open on Michael Feinstein’s Stake Bank project in December, and the subjects of this next story, there could be as many as three in the coming years. The Government of Belize and Portico Enterprises Limited, doing business as Port of Magical Belize.com, on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a docking facility along the coast south of the Sibun River in the Belize District, a one hundred and fifty million U.S. dollar investment. The facility is to accommodate four Oasis class cruise vessels in its first phase, including a marina, retail space, water park and pool among other amenities. Developer David Gegg, the co-principal of Portico, spoke with News Five this afternoon in Belize City.

 

David Gegg, Developer, Port of Magical Belize

David Gegg

“I’ve been steering this project to where it is today for the past seven or eight months, and I am very pleased that we have an MOU with the Government. This project is really very different to everything Belize has right now; first of all, it’s going to make it possible for the very larger ships to access Belize; and the ships today are getting larger and larger and larger, in excess of six thousand, five hundred passengers, so those ships can access this port. Secondly, tendering will not be necessary, and that’s highly desirable by the cruise lines. Third, it will not be necessary to dispatch hundreds of tour buses through the very narrow streets of Belize City, and that’s a very positive development. And of course, the employment opportunities are greater than anything else I’ve seen, and the economic benefit is going to be much more significant.”

 

Reporter

“Beyond the MOU, where is this project in terms of planning, development; should we see construction starting anytime soon and what’s the timeline for completion?”

 

David Gegg

“Let me say that we have backing from many [in the] banking sector – the local sector as well as international sectors. We have support of the cruise lines; they, for the last fifteen years, have wanted to see something like this. We have not completed our E.I.A. yet; that is the next step. But if all goes according to plan, I would expect us to commence construction in the early part of next year.”

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1 Response for “New cruise port to be built in southern Belize District”

  1. Mike G says:

    This is where GOB/BTB has to make a strategic decision (hopefully as directed by the people) as to what our international reputation will be. One more step in the direction of mass tourism will change the world’s perception of Belize, forever . . . from a being and internationally recognized “world leading environmentally sustainable overnight vacation destination” to just another one of those “Been there done that.” tropical coconut kinda’ places. Which way are we gonna’ go?? Time to decide, people.

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