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Cayman Islands to submit proposal for new $150 million cruise pier

The government of the Cayman Islands is planning to construct a brand new $150 million cruise ship pier. The government must issue a RFP (requests for proposals) for its development by March, 2017, and an engineering consultant has already carried out an environmental impact assessment. The cruise facility is planned for George Town Harbour in the capital on the island of Grand Cayman.

Cayman Islands to submit proposal for new $150 million cruise pier

The government of the Cayman Islands is preparing to issue an RFP (requests for proposals) next month for the construction a new cruise ship pier in George Town. The government must send the proposal before March, 2017 for the $150 million cruise terminal facility on Grand Cayman.

According to Alden McLaughlin, the Cayman Islands premier, an engineering consultant has carried out an environmental impact assessment following the redesign of the development after the original design was opposed by protesters. The newly designed piers will now sit in deeper water to reduce the dredging process.

Once completed, the four piers will accommodate four of the largest class of ships in the cruise industry, and the government is working closely with cruise lines to develop a funding model. The Dutch company Haskoning DHV is carrying out civil engineering work that will provide a more detailed account of the final cost of the new pier and terminal facility, but it is estimated to be cost between $150 million and $200 million.

Carnival Corp., one of the largest cruise line companies in the world, is expected to be involved with the development. According to Carnival’s chief communications officer, Roger Frizzell, the company is open to having a key role in the community.

Mr Frizzell explained:

“There is a benefit to our guests — and to the community — through the undertaking of any type of activity that modernises our port of call and enhances the attractiveness of the destination for our guests onboard the ship,” 

Cruise ship traffic in the Cayman Islands has experienced significant growth over recent years, and in the first six months of 2016, the Caribbean island nation recorded 973,305 cruise ship arrivals, which was an additional 60,000 passengers compared to the same period last year. The nation was also one of seven Caribbean countries to host more than one million cruise ship passengers in 2015 despite it being the only one destination without a modern cruise pier and port terminal.

Situated in the west Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba, the Cayman Islands are made up of three main islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The tropical isles are home to white sand beaches and crystal clear warm turquoise waters, and the nation is a renowned scuba diving destination, boasting an array of diving sites that are thriving with marine life such as vibrant coral and sponges, Green Sea turtles, stingrays and parrot fish. 

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