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Sep 2, 2021

Port Policy Will Address Cruise Ports Too

Gilbert Suazo

In Belize District, three other cruise terminals which are also port facilities are in the works.  According to Retired Major Gilbert Suazo, Port Commissioner, Port Coral which is the Stake Bank project is the only license holder for a cruise terminal.  The proposed Waterloo and Port of Magical Belize developments are yet to seek licenses for their respective projects.

 

(Ret.) Major Gilbert Suazo, Ports Commissioner, Belize Port Authority

“The Port of Belize Limited has a license to operate a cargo port within the northern port complex.  We also do have the Port Coral that also has a license for cruise terminal port.  As it relates to any other port, whether it is Port of Magical Belize and the Waterloo [project] that is in or aligned with the Port of Belize Limited, the Port Authority does not have any license for those ports at all and none of those ports have made any application to the Port Authority specifically to construct or operate a port at this time. What the port policy sets out to do is to provide technical guidance to our leaders with a view then that given all the technical specs and variables for us to be careful in relation of going from underdevelopment to overdevelopment.  So the port policy seeks then to sort of give some guidance in relation to that fact, so that then we seriously consider how much more cruise ports we will have within either of the complexes.  So it is then that we are at this time recommending that there is going to be the current cargo port and one cruise terminal.  That is the recommendation that we are making at this time and we believe that it ought to be in that light; however, if and when there is any additional guidance considering the fact that they are likely two other projects then we will have to seriously look at those and finalize what the way ahead will be.”


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