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NDP Gov't scraps negotiations with Tortola Pier Partners

- Press release sent to selected media houses, Virgin Islands News Online omitted from list of recipients
Premier Smith noted that a modern cruise pier and surrounding amenities are crucial for the Virgin Islands to be a vibrant and desirable cruise destination. Photo: VINO/file
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith announced that through the directions of the VI cabinet the Government will no longer be going ahead with Tortola Pier partners with the expansion of the Road Town Cruise Pier and the development of the immediate lands around the project. Photo: VINO/file
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith announced that through the directions of the VI cabinet the Government will no longer be going ahead with Tortola Pier partners with the expansion of the Road Town Cruise Pier and the development of the immediate lands around the project. Photo: VINO/file
The Cruise Pier Project has been receiving a number of criticisms and discussions at every level of society as to its execution. Photo: VINO/File
The Cruise Pier Project has been receiving a number of criticisms and discussions at every level of society as to its execution. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In a statement sent to selected media houses earlier today, September 27, 2013 the Government of the Virgin Islands announced it is no longer in negotiations with Tortola Pier Partners on the proposed expansion of the Road Town Cruise Pier Project.

According to the statement, which is also posted on the Government Information Service (GIS) website, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith stated that through the directions of the VI Cabinet the Government will no longer be going ahead with Tortola Pier partners with the expansion of the Road Town Cruise Pier and the development of the immediate lands around the project. 

The project has been receiving a number of criticisms and discussions at every level of society as to its execution.

Several persons have confirmed receiving the release from Government, however, it appears to have been a deliberate attempt to deprive Virgin Islands News Online from early receipt of the information. The news site called the Premier's Office for confirmation of the news, however, our reporter was directed to the government’s website.

According the release, the decision has been communicated and accepted by Tortola Pier Partners as conditions precedent to the agreement were not concluded in a timely manner.

“I want to thank Tortola Pier Partners for their interest in this project. My Government understands the importance of this project and its timely completion to our tourism product,” Premier Smith said in the release.

He also said Government felt that any further delay would jeopardize the competitiveness and realization of economic opportunities for the territory. 

“Simply put, a modern cruise pier and surrounding amenities are crucial for the Virgin Islands to be a vibrant and desirable cruise destination...This decision came after much deliberation and my Government's commitment to rebuilding our cruise tourism market with a long-term vision to ensure its stability and opportunity for economic advancement for our people," Premier Smith noted.

He further stated that with the expansion of the pier and the development of the land around the pier, it remains a vital opportunity for Virgin Islanders realize the economic benefits from the tourism industry.

“My Government remains committed to the project and will pursue it expeditiously, in association with the BVI Ports Authority,” Premier Smith noted in the release.

Following an article published by Virgin Islands News Online on August 27, 2013, a release was issued the said afternoon which had given the names of the shareholders of Tortola Pier Partners (TPP) as subsidiaries/affiliates of United Infrastructure Group and IDEA with, Todd Malphrus, Gregg Malphrus, Hugh Darley and John Darley as the representatives, and McAlpine was expected to join the team to further enhance the group with building expertise.

According to that August 27, 2013 release, the Government of the Virgin Islands had also secured participation and investment opportunities for Virgin Islanders to purchase/own up to 20 percent shares.

40 Responses to “NDP Gov't scraps negotiations with Tortola Pier Partners”

  • facts (27/09/2013, 15:31) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    ndp going down if not jail
  • Amazed (27/09/2013, 15:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    truly amazing - runway expansion is probably next...
  • question (27/09/2013, 15:40) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    ha ha ha what will happen to monies paid out?
    • ... (29/09/2013, 23:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What will happen to the money paid out? Nothing. What do you expect, for them to ask for it back? It's money down the drain as usual.
  • facts man (27/09/2013, 15:43) Like (0) Dislike (15) Reply
    well saw they were too shame to send the press release to vino..but if its not on vino its not news
  • Voters (27/09/2013, 15:58) Like (2) Dislike (26) Reply
    Hooray!
    the NDP starts to crumble who next...
    • Marie (27/09/2013, 18:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Don't you realize with every fall for the government is a fall for us? What are you saying Hooray for?
    • HELLO!! (28/09/2013, 02:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound sooo stupid!!Where you see NDP crumbling? All they did was pull out of a deal where the company could not come up with proper financials on how they were going to build the proposed port. Sometime I truly wish England would come for us as most of you mumus always say, so you all could feel what or fore-fathers felt like in slavery. But hooray NDP crumble..,Your brains have to e scrambled to make such a comment.
  • tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth (27/09/2013, 16:01) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    now let me get on the streets to here the real melee
  • Hmmmmm (27/09/2013, 17:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if England denied their petition and then NDP comes out and says they have cut off negotiations to save face.
  • Real (27/09/2013, 18:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP know that they bet on the wrong company and they can't deliver what is needed for this project, I agree with him stop digging that hole cuz it will be harder to get out down the road.
  • ------------------- (27/09/2013, 19:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    more in the morta
    • the fall of the NDP (27/09/2013, 22:54) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      london bridge is falling down more thing to fall elections come fast
  • The Captain (27/09/2013, 19:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    PRAY they hire people who got ethics
  • full cup (27/09/2013, 22:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    now now now can soemone tell us the full story?
  • ooooo (27/09/2013, 22:50) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    wha start bad always end bad
  • ooooo (27/09/2013, 23:17) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    where those ndp scarecrows hiding?..cat got their fingers?
  • teacher john (27/09/2013, 23:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And why did some naive people think a smile and handshake by claude and Mark did anything? Politics is the art of the possible, someone said.
  • we need this project (27/09/2013, 23:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope that there is some secret, back channel negotiations ongoing that could truly result in a "breakthrough"
  • shaw (27/09/2013, 23:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    glad it happened. but now who is going to oversee the project? We don't have the engineering expertise nor architectural planning. Don't do it fast- do it right. keep it small and functional and charming.
  • miboy (28/09/2013, 08:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who was TPP any way? it seemed like they was a company formed by inside handlers of the NPD just to the Pier Park. Where is the Minister responsible 4 d proyect, not hearing from now. This was an invisible company no one wanted 2 identify themselves. Not surprise everything fall true.
  • shaw (28/09/2013, 08:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    We the tax payers is calling for a transparent and fair process as for some reason this project seems corrupt
    • the original shaw (28/09/2013, 10:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      is there a reason someone keeps stealing other's identities? Don't they have one of their own?
  • Just the facts (28/09/2013, 08:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want an audit on the money spent on this project so fair
    • DarkVader (28/09/2013, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Audit on what? The government did not spend any money. Tortola Port Partners is who spent the money but fell through on the whole deal..They could not put the money were their was...thats all..government had a right to shut it down and do it themselves under the Port.
  • UK (28/09/2013, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sounds like this government is trying to save face before the bump shell drops
  • school children (28/09/2013, 13:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP has no ideas on how to stimulate the economy so the next best thing is to sell we out through this Ports project
  • rip off (28/09/2013, 13:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Ah yes! all thoes Rack up the air miles paid for from the public purse for m@*k dem and tis what we got in the end?????.

  • Real Talk (28/09/2013, 13:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Eh Eh, VINO they tried to keep you out of the loop...thoes wicked ppl i sure M*W was behind this!!!

  • . (28/09/2013, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a blow!!! mickey mouse knocked out.
  • tola (28/09/2013, 19:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    All of you who depend on hand outs need to shut up .the previous government did sh$!. We need to get up off our asses and make things happen. I am a proud v ilander.this is our country help make and build it. From talking sh!$ about ndp stop being negative further more keep off myron he is doing great things

  • Worried (28/09/2013, 20:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What will happen to the $1.5 mil. That was put towards the project? Who is going to borrow? Why Ports Authority? Who is going to handle that loan? We need to know how our money is being spent.
  • Disinterested (29/09/2013, 13:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    The TPP was a SNAFU from its conception; it started poorly and ended poorly. At least the government had courage to lay it to rest; may it RIP. On another note, the Premier, the leader of the NDP, communicated to the territory that government had terminated negotiations with TPP. However, a short time later, the MCW announced that the Premier was not hiding anything. What? The MEC may have been well-intentioned but he did not help. If anything, he may have raised more questions about the scope and veracity of the information promulgated by the Premier.

    Further, is it my imagination that some other members of the NDP may feel that the Premier is not ready for prime time and have to rescue him from himself. For example during some debates in the HOA, some members feel the urge to leap to their feet to defend the Premier. Well, the Premier is capable of defending himself and this behaviour is rude, disrespectful and condescending. Stop it. Anyway, way monkey does know what tree to climb, for many other Caribbean leaders would grabbed the bull by the horn already. Take it easy guys; the time will come to audition for Premier.

    In any event, the TPP has been laid to rest. Thus, it is time for for a complete accounting, auditing and evaluating of the aborted TPP procurement process. The auditing should identifying what went wrong and make recommendation for improving the process going forward.

  • kick back (29/09/2013, 15:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    at least he doe get the range rover
  • backwards ever (29/09/2013, 15:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No more mickey mouse in our town... What a blow!!
  • tola tola (30/09/2013, 00:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Am I seeing the beginning of the end of the NDP?
    • @ tola tola (30/09/2013, 11:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You need to show the people that you are protecting their interests and have the ability to curb crime, violence, murders, rapes, hunger, encourage investment etc.


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