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Hon Vanterpool struggles to justify $40M overrun on Pier Project

-says review led to ‘cost overruns’
Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), insists that the $85M spent on the Tortola Pier Park in the Capital City of Road Town, Tortola, represents a good investment and that the perceived overruns in the cost, is due to the inadequate designs originally pursued. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Mark H. Vanterpool made the statement during the National Democratic Party (NDP) ‘Drive Time’ radio programme on September 3, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Mark H. Vanterpool made the statement during the National Democratic Party (NDP) ‘Drive Time’ radio programme on September 3, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), insists that the $85M spent on the Tortola Pier Park in the Capital City of Road Town, Tortola, represents a good investment and that the perceived overruns in the cost, is due to the inadequate designs originally pursued.

Hon Vanterpool, during the National Democratic Party (NDP) ‘Drive Time’ radio programme on September 3, 2018, told listeners that the project initially went out to bid in August 2012 and Tortola Port Partners Limited (TPPL) was selected.  

Engineering Drawings  

He said, TPPL failed to meet the criteria set within the deadline to proceed and since the Virgin Islands (VI) government was pressed for time, it decided to raise funds to execute the development on its own.

As such, government terminated the Agreement and purchased the Design, Architectural and Engineering Drawings from TPP for $1,772,450.00.

According to Hon Vanterpool, following a second round of bidding there had to be several variations which shows, that the original estimate received by Government from the intended developers, was not adequate. 

Hon Vanterpool explained to listeners that the project was in fact the Territory’s best investment in the past 25 years, but not before conceding what he called ‘procedural’ misgivings.

He said, “in spite of some procedures that could have been done differently, the Territory received great value for money with this project.”

Final Designs

According to the Minister with responsibility for the development of the Pier Park Project, “the initial cost for the entire Cruise Pier Project was estimated at $50 million, but this was not based on any final and approved designs.

However, once the plans were completed and as construction progressed, the estimate was revised to approximately $85 million, he said.  

Minister Vanterpool during the broadcast asked rhetorically, “could this new cruise pier and Tortola Pier Park development cost $50 million? The answer is no!”

Addressing concerns as to “why didn’t the BVI Ports Authority prepare its own estimates,” Hon Vanterpool suggested, “time was not on the side of the BVI Ports Authority to do this, as they already had contractual arrangements with Disney and Norwegian Cruise Lines to deliver this project by a specific deadline.”

According to the Minister “a professional quantity evaluation estimate by BCQS, indicates that an $85 million spend on the project was good value for money.”

32 Responses to “Hon Vanterpool struggles to justify $40M overrun on Pier Project ”

  • too late (04/09/2018, 11:04) Like (41) Dislike (5) Reply
    A set of thief
    • Youth (04/09/2018, 12:40) Like (19) Dislike (24) Reply
      My grandmother always say unless you have evidence do not accused anyone. I want to see evidence and I sure you want to see also. If you have it please put it on the news site. Time for us to have constructive debates on these news media.

      If you living in a glass house please for God sake don't throw stone.

      Tired of propaganda.
      • Jaigon Jumbie (04/09/2018, 16:56) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
        @youth. The evidence is right before your eyes. Go on the hills, take a good look at the Tortola pier park and tell me what is really down there in that total development that cost the tax payers of this country 85 million dollars. I often said and I will say again, those ministers under the NDP Government take we the people for fools. They always come with then canieving self and think what they saying in the gospel so we must believe them. Some people have no shame.
      • Jaigon Jumbie (04/09/2018, 16:56) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
        @youth. The evidence is right before your eyes. Go on the hills, take a good look at the Tortola pier park and tell me what is really down there in that total development that cost the tax payers of this country 85 million dollars. I often said and I will say again, those ministers under the NDP Government take we the people for fools. They always come with then canieving self and think what they saying in the gospel so we must believe them. Some people have no shame.
      • Jessica Jones (04/09/2018, 19:39) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        You wsnt to sre evidence? Go to Anguilla and check out the hotel and tbe yacht.
  • WOWW (04/09/2018, 11:11) Like (27) Dislike (34) Reply
    He theft some we know. Come on we the BVI people not stupid, I hope he’s really out and I just need the rest of the NDP team out as well. VIP this time!!
  • KingFisher (04/09/2018, 11:26) Like (17) Dislike (15) Reply
    I does wonder what really wrong with VI politics .... the cost of the project had to go up because other things needed to be done! Like for example let me jog some momeries here , do y’all not remember when they dive the piles in the sea and they sank ?? What y’all think needed to happen ? They had needed to spend more money to get longer ones! So the price MUST go up but that’s just one example !
    • Ho Me So (04/09/2018, 12:51) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hmmm @ kingfisher. So by your logic they went out and bought piles (too short in length/diameter?) and just drive them into the seabed WITHOUT and geotechnical information? That drove the cost to more than double? I do recall the PR company here testing and I bet $1 that other seabed surveys/studies (for that project and other prior) HAVE/HAD been conducted and shelved. So wheel and come again! Also, while you’re at it; the buildings are just shells and all the interior fit-outs are done at tenants costs. The wonky workmanship is evident all around as too are the poor quality of materials. Why is the generator so over-spec that it could run half or more of Road Town and runs below manufacturers recommended efficiency rating? Head tax alone won’t repay for the ROI imo. Was a well needed investment but in its current form an independent market valuation along is what is needed. A current market appraisal along with the actual construction and management cost. Until then, put up or shut up! As the jello commercial used to say....”the proof is in the pudding...”
  • fake (04/09/2018, 12:07) Like (24) Dislike (11) Reply

    Any construction that take place, an initial estimate will be provided. While work is going on things can come up and adjustments are to be made. Also if changes are made to the design and if designers or/and contractors changed. the cost would change.


    VIP was the ruling party for years upon years. We were stuck with Old Peebles....we finally had gotten the walls of the New Peebles...millions upon millions spent but still could not deliver. VG hospital was just a talk under VIP...and who was the rep for over 40 years? Our infrastructure been shit....it ain't now Town and Purcell been flooding, it just got worst as more development in the hills occurred. VIP members Julian Fraser and Omar Hodge were in a position to address this....guess what still flooding.

    I can go on and on so many things VIP has done wrong in their time, but I do not see you highlighting anything VIP did wrong.


    If you want people to vote for you, you need to be real and not one sided. You make one side look so innocent till they are guilty.


    we the people see everyone's agenda when they get into office. they forget who put them there.

    • jj (04/09/2018, 20:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      To the tune of $40 million? Who in theit good mind would ovrer run any project at that cost? And come see the dam pier park. Struupes.
  • Rhonda (04/09/2018, 12:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lies from the abyss
  • Gomes (04/09/2018, 12:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    This rate will struggle with a lot more in hell.
  • Welsa (04/09/2018, 12:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    you sound like a king thief
  • avocado (04/09/2018, 12:24) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    prison for them
  • somebody (04/09/2018, 13:20) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    GOING TO JAIL AND NOT BACK TO ANGUILLA.
  • HMP (04/09/2018, 14:19) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too late to come lie to big people lock um up?
  • MI6 (04/09/2018, 14:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    variations should not be more than 11% of budgeted cost! Was there budget or blank cheque? What is the occupancy rating?
  • shark (04/09/2018, 15:00) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    In eight years these guys done spent over 3 billion dollars.what have we seen done to the infrastructure, schools.nothing has been done.
  • Great Investment (04/09/2018, 16:07) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    it was value for money if you take into account TPP and all the other houses that money built.....
  • Gooddddddddddd, USA (04/09/2018, 18:09) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    You guys are getting exactly what you deserve. When you cover up corruption, Murders, shield drug runners etc....do you really think things is going to go well?
  • Political Observer (PO) (04/09/2018, 18:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the private sector, we as consumers price/cost comparison shop all day, making decisions as to whether a price is fair and equitable. The public sector typically does the same. As such, normally in public sector construction projects acquisition, the government agency develops a solid government estimate (GE) to compare bids to. Thus, if the low, responsible and responsive or best value bidder is either substantially below or above the GE, the contracting officer alarm bell should go off, requiring further analysis.

    Further, it is poor contract management to award a project if the GE is substantially incomplete. Apparently this was done with the Tortola Pier Park (TPP) project; the apparent GE employed was $50M but the actual cost according to Mark Vanterpool (D-4), MCW, was approximately $85M. Consequently, the substantial cost overrun, assuming that the $83M was the true cost, should not be a surprise.

    Moreover, what was the exigency is ploughing forward without a strong, credible GE? Did the BVIPA lack the capacity and capability to perform a true and GE? Why did the Premier, HOA, NDP caucus........etc let the TPP project go forward without a proper GE? Is the $83M a fair and equitable cost? Are most BVI government contracts over priced? Is the TPP project consultant conducting the audit so “LESS” that it cannot complete an audit in 2 years? Is government the hold up in completing the audit? Do consultants normally produce what clients want? Is government making a calculated decision that what is known( little) put it in a better position than releasing the TPP project audit?
  • @Gooddddddd, USA (04/09/2018, 20:26) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    We only borrowed a page from you all book.....which government more corrupt than the USA????? When you all put a leash on TRUMP then maybe you have a leg to stand on. In the mean time keep stepping.
    • usa (05/09/2018, 06:15) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Yeah our Government might be corrupt however, no matter how corrupt our Government is, you all have to depend on the USA Government. You are the one that need to keep stepping. Oh, and thank the corrupt USA for the American dollar that you have in your pocket.
      • ALSO (05/09/2018, 14:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        We are corrupt but why is everyone itching to get to the corrupt USA, follow our fashion trend, use the American dollar, shop , you name it.
  • Really Though (04/09/2018, 20:50) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can the minister please explain two things to me, firstly why drive piles for 6 million to only go 2 floors with light steel frame, secondly the cost of kiosk is $46,000.00 ( any contractor can build 2 large cisterns for this cost ) but we have 20 kiosk @ 46,000.00 ( material, 8 sheets galavinize, 4 shutter windows, plywood for the counter top, (4 ) 4 x 4 post columns, 6 sheets T-11, 2x6 ( 12 @ 16’ ), Really though....................
  • musa (04/09/2018, 23:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Living in bvi for 30 yrs ndp hav e done well but well butoverspending that amount of money is very sad news
  • vex (04/09/2018, 23:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark speech is pitiful
  • ... (05/09/2018, 04:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ndp to dam lie some should go to jail
  • Someone (05/09/2018, 07:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only in the bvi these kind of things happen. We r so corrupt and mislead by those so call leaders who only preach one thing to the people say n the country is broke.
    Well it have2 b broke cuz they're the ones pocket n the money by the millions. Y aren't these people been prosecuted!!! What is consider a crime n the bvi?!?! So it's only guns and drugs considered to b crimes!!!!!!
  • Diaspora (05/09/2018, 07:31) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The original construct cost of the TPP was $50M and the actual cost ballooned to $83M, per the MCW, Mark Vanterpool. Wow! Ok. Construction projects do have change orders. A simple definition of change order: change of scope in original contract/project by adding to or deleting work. Change orders are usually for 1) latent defects, 2)unforeseen site conditions, 3)errors and omissions, 4) component substitution, 5) administrative changes, 6) owners addition.......etc. Typically, change orders are relatively minor; if change orders are major, it is highly likely that the project was poorly reviewed, designed.......etc. If my math is correct, the $33M cost increase is approx 66% of the original contract. This is unusual and demonstrated that the project was poorly conceptualized, planned, designed, managed ....etc. It was rushed and if you want something bad, you normally gets it bad. No amount of spin can correct this miscue; just admit the miscue and lets move on in following the money. What is taking K...M....G so long in completing the audit? Two years! Wow!
    • more than that (06/09/2018, 14:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ..the original budget included a large building (slated as Margaritaville), car parking etc which was not build so the overrun is much much more and only part of TPP budgtted works completed


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