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9% is all Skelton-Cline knows of cruise business – Hugh E. Darley

- said Claude O. Skelton-Cline's statements @ Press Conference not factual
Former project developer of the cruise pier development project and Tortola Pier Park Hugh E. Darley has slammed former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Claude O. Skelton-Cline for what he called his being disingenuous for stating that Darley had nothing to do with the project during the time he was Managing Director. Photo: VINO/File/Provided
When asked at his press conference how he would respond to the allegations of corruption and no value for money by Darley, Skelton-Cline said he would not dignify those accusations with a response as he described Darley as a person who did not work on the project during the time when he was at the helm of it and therefore felt Darley was in no position to make such accusations. Photo: VINO/File
When asked at his press conference how he would respond to the allegations of corruption and no value for money by Darley, Skelton-Cline said he would not dignify those accusations with a response as he described Darley as a person who did not work on the project during the time when he was at the helm of it and therefore felt Darley was in no position to make such accusations. Photo: VINO/File
Darley also repudiated Skelton-Cline's statement that Darley was not a part of the project during the time that he was Managing Director, stating that in mid-2014 Skelton-Cline signed off on contract documents concerning the work that Darley had done. Photo: VINO/File
Darley also repudiated Skelton-Cline's statement that Darley was not a part of the project during the time that he was Managing Director, stating that in mid-2014 Skelton-Cline signed off on contract documents concerning the work that Darley had done. Photo: VINO/File
An email between John Darley of IDEA Inc and BVIPA Managing Director Claude O. Skelton-Cline dated October 30, 2013. Photo: VINO
An email between John Darley of IDEA Inc and BVIPA Managing Director Claude O. Skelton-Cline dated October 30, 2013. Photo: VINO
One of the invoices referenced in the email communication between John Darley of IDEA Inc and then Managing Director of the BVIPA Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO
One of the invoices referenced in the email communication between John Darley of IDEA Inc and then Managing Director of the BVIPA Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO
A deed between IDEA Inc and the BVI Ports Authority dated January 6, 2014. While it was signed by Chairman of the BVIPA Ed de Castro and not its Managing Director Claude O. Skelton-Cline, it allegedly done with his knowledge as email above demonstrates, showing communication between IDEA Inc and Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO
A deed between IDEA Inc and the BVI Ports Authority dated January 6, 2014. While it was signed by Chairman of the BVIPA Ed de Castro and not its Managing Director Claude O. Skelton-Cline, it allegedly done with his knowledge as email above demonstrates, showing communication between IDEA Inc and Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO
A deed between IDEA Inc and the BVI Ports Authority dated January 6, 2014. While it was signed by Chairman of the BVIPA Ed de Castro and not its Managing Director Claude O. Skelton-Cline, it was allegedly done with his knowledge as email above demonstrates, showing communication between IDEA Inc and Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO
A deed between IDEA Inc and the BVI Ports Authority dated January 6, 2014. While it was signed by Chairman of the BVIPA Ed de Castro and not its Managing Director Claude O. Skelton-Cline, it was allegedly done with his knowledge as email above demonstrates, showing communication between IDEA Inc and Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former project developer of the cruise pier development project and Tortola Pier Park Hugh E. Darley has slammed former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Claude O. Skelton-Cline for what he called his being disingenuous for stating that Darley had nothing to do with the project during the time he was Managing Director.

Speaking to this news site on April 15, 2016, on the heels of Skelton-Cline's "9 percent" press conference on Tuesday April 12, 2016, Darley said that he was not surprised that Skelton-Cline only had 9 percent of information to tell, as he was not very knowledgeable of the shipping industry.

“I realised the reason he only had 9 percent of information to give is because he only knows about 9 percent of what that job is. Unfortunately he was 100 percent a political appointee,” he said, noting that he was introduced to Skelton-Cline by the subject Minister Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).

Darley also repudiated Skelton-Cline's statement that Darley was not a part of the project during the time that he was Managing Director, stating that Skelton-Cline had knowledge of all the contract arrangements and had been in communication with IDEA Inc, Darley's company, regarding the work that Darley had done.

Not qualified

Darley said Skelton-Cline got the job because the Government was looking to give him something to do. “He had no background or experience with the Ports Authority or the development business.

He said that in the early days, the primary players in the meetings were lead by the Minister and Darley with Skelton-Cline being in the background.

“I was surprised that Skelton-Cline took the position that he did like if he was some way knowledgeable or qualified for that job. I don't know that he knows the difference between the starboard and the port side of the ship or what is the bow or what is the stern. I mean he had no knowledge about anything concerning the Ports Authority,” said Darley.

At the press conference, Skelton-Cline said that he surrounded himself with persons of particular skills sets and that his area of strength was leadership and the ability to bring the requisite skills together. “There was no leadership on his part. He was a follower,” Darley said of Skelton-Cline.

During his press conference, Skelton-Cline said he turned out to be the most qualified for the job out of the 14 persons including seven VIslanders who applied for the position of Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority.

Skelton-Cline forbade me from talking to Opposition

Darley said that at one time he met former Second District Representative J. Alvin Christopher at a social event and had a conversation with the former Minister for Communications and Works.

“At 6 am the next morning I was demanded to meet Skelton-Cline on the beach at Smugglers' Cove at 8 in the morning. I went there and I was kinda surprised that I was demanded to show up. Skelton-Cline forbade me from ever speaking to J. Alvin Christopher again and he would tell me who I could and could not speak to. And I was surprised somewhat because it was like a threat,” said Darley,” he said.

He called the entire speech by Skelton-Cline was based on fabrication and not on fact. “For him to assert that he didn't know me throughout the process...I am looking at it and thinking that he cannot back any of that up in fact...he signed my agreements and he took my advice up to April 2014,” he said.

When asked at his press conference how he would respond to the allegations of corruption and no value for money by Darley, Skelton-Cline said he would not dignify those accusations with a response as he described Darley as a person who did not work on the project during the time when he was at the helm of it and therefore felt Darley was in no position to make such accusations. “So I have no response to that...I can't give that any credibility.”

39 Responses to “9% is all Skelton-Cline knows of cruise business – Hugh E. Darley”

  • pat (16/04/2016, 09:56) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    where is the pop corn this one getting hot hot hot
    • HMPH (aka "Socal Comantar") (16/04/2016, 16:20) Like (2) Dislike (20) Reply
      me no belivein anyting dat eider dem person sayin - Claud jus in office so der is BVI person an Darley talking foolishness and stupidness
  • detroit (16/04/2016, 10:05) Like (52) Dislike (1) Reply
    So Claude are you saying that Mr. Darley was on the project when you were a project consultant, and not after you became the MD? Even if that were true (which I doubt) why did you not say that? You are playing word games. What church do you pastor, again? That way I can stay away from it.
  • home grown (16/04/2016, 10:21) Like (22) Dislike (14) Reply
    wow mr cline needs to take mr darley to court for be little him,no knowledge of the job.not the goverment.that is why your contract was not re-newed.
    • @ home grown (16/04/2016, 11:33) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      Ha ha clude got his job after scoring the higest on the interview and come let me sell you the trump tower!!
  • sht myself (16/04/2016, 10:59) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    I thought skelton said that he met all the requirements?
  • Yes (16/04/2016, 10:59) Like (41) Dislike (2) Reply
    Darley is spot on!
  • Really (16/04/2016, 12:02) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    Deeds 2 moo moo again?
  • Clean hands (16/04/2016, 12:41) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply

    “Mehson, stop before you ruin the rest of your reputation; while the taxi boys on the street still on your side. I already told you what my granny said, that who don't hear will feel. Leave sleeping dogs lie and stop whining in Public. We already smell your strong cologne from far away. Since you have acquired all these new skills from the Pier Park Project, why don't you ask the "Done Deal Head Huncho" for the Director position on the Airport Expansion which according to him, should be the next big project coming soon. That pot looks like it’s going to be the mother load, so you'll have much more to play with. Then you can brag about how your Airport Expansion is the envy of Puerto Rico and Miami (Airports).
    • @clean hands (16/04/2016, 14:29) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
      That comment gave me the weekend laugh. You funny man but you right on point
      • HMPH (aka "Socal Comanatar") (16/04/2016, 16:27) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        Uncle Ralph sayin at openin o last airport expanson dat new airport best in regon - he rite so long as regon no include STT an SJU, and region be jus VG and Anegada. Me at openin when Uncle Ralph sayin it an all person tryin no o lauf at he.
  • I believe darley (16/04/2016, 13:05) Like (37) Dislike (4) Reply
    I never like churches are preachers. This is a prime example. They are all fake, deceptive and greedy...
  • wize up (16/04/2016, 13:08) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    have you accidentally shot yourself in the foot; ask Claude!!!
  • CroniesGate (16/04/2016, 13:30) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply
    All I can say is Audit, Audit, Audit, Audit, Audit, Audit, Audit, Audit, Audit...
  • me (16/04/2016, 14:19) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    All this & plenty more information that shows that this project should be investigated. The Governor playing games. Mark needs to be fired.
  • People (16/04/2016, 14:20) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
    MARK NEEDS TO GO NOW!
  • Online Now (16/04/2016, 14:24) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    look thing so SCS telling LIES and tails then
  • Money hound (16/04/2016, 15:04) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply
    Claude go sit down how many supporters walk behind the vip and ndp who are die heart soldiers and were promised things and never received anything. U just come back here and was able to get big contract. When their were bvislanders who were more qualified than claude with more experience an tenacity. He was able to achieve a home what about the struggling people. Trying n to protect your name when u call dancia a woman of integrity an empty kerosene pan. A woman that bears the name QC queens council. Go sit down. The god u serve is money. U aint gettin another tax dollar.
    • @ Money hound (16/04/2016, 19:00) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
      I love you like cook food.... Well said... Best comment I've read....
      Who does this man think his is fooling... The amount of things he has done to people since he's been back and with no remorse. YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ANYTHING. Gosh!!! We don't care about your name either its doesn't carry much integrity. Please please just stop please.
      • Money hound (16/04/2016, 23:36) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        Claude my suggestion to u is go back in the church and send round the offerin plate ten times each service. Thats the onliest contract u need.
  • vex (16/04/2016, 16:16) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job bino you provided the proof
  • glance (16/04/2016, 17:22) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    so how come he aint got knowledge of pier park and get a big job and what his name have vast knowledge of the civil service and he born here and for personal reasons of or different party backing they refuse to give him the job why are the people plotting against the man like that now what she name is who tell what he name not to accept the thing so they make the ruling
  • church (16/04/2016, 18:28) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    So there is evidence that he had dealings with Huge Darley…now how does Claude explain this outright LIE? As a man of GOD?
  • sea breeze (16/04/2016, 20:46) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    This hold ports porject was inevitable and should be used as a lesson to thousands of Virgin ISlanders
  • Zan.. (16/04/2016, 21:32) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't you think Mr. Clyne that this court matter will back fire on you?
  • zoe (16/04/2016, 21:50) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Another act of deception. There will be many more
  • Your Friend (17/04/2016, 02:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey Cline take your 9% and POOF, be gone. ....
  • stay tune (17/04/2016, 03:26) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    stay tune more breaking news to come........peir mon** paid for HLSCC fees.
  • wize up (17/04/2016, 06:09) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    at first i hated this guy but it looks like partner have some inside information; he needs to hold a live press confrence instead of these interviews so the media can ask direct questions..... does Hugh E Darley hold the key to that other 91% of undisclosed information.... Myron after him and Claude after him and Hugh E Darley did transactions with both of them BUT Cline & Myron are tring so hard to deny( this thing call money will be the down fall of the territory)
  • Zan Ques. (17/04/2016, 06:21) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Questions.. 1/ Mr. C. Are you not afraid that this court matter comes back to haunt you, back fire?...2/ Mr. C. Why not Sue Darley since you seem to be saying he is lying on u?...
  • Truth (17/04/2016, 13:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ wise up...like you are guilty..is it you the peir M***y spend of for your school f***s?
    • wize up (17/04/2016, 19:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ truth: let me do an audit and get back to your within 5 years...OK!!!....how did you find out so quickly about my guilt and the territory cant hear from the audit department on the guilt of the others
  • Judicial Review (17/04/2016, 15:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where was the port lawyer in the negotiations?



    • wize up (17/04/2016, 23:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ judical review:: the port lawyers gone home with over 4 million dollars(play the tape)...the compnay in the same bulding as the telcoms affiliates?????
  • voter (17/04/2016, 23:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Huge Barley joins the fray! This movie is getting interesting with this new plot twist. Popcarn popping in the microwave butter melting on the stove. Stay tuned!!
  • scratch head (18/04/2016, 02:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    1) meet you on smugglers cove beach? At 8 am? To tell somebody who they should be talking to? What the nonsense? Too much tv. 2) Two million for IP rights? Please enlighten me. I mean does this include patents of some sort? Or something that can be sold or licensed to make back the money? Seems a bit steep for the contents described. A renewable licence over the design docs would have sufficed. What u need full ownership for? What logo? The one that could have been developed locally? I mean this is just one doc and already i question it. Geee I dont know Claude...i dont know (scratch head)
  • Wicked (18/04/2016, 03:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    he's a wicke************************************************ man ohhhhhhh!


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