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VI gearing up to construct new pier for larger, mega-sized cruise ships - Premier

- luxury hotel to also be constructed by BVIPA
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced plans to construct a new pier in the territory to accommodate the mega-sized cruise ships. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Fahie said during his budget speech on Thursday, November 12, 2020, that the construction of a mega cruise pier is one of the ways the Virgin Islands will ahead of the curve. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Premier Fahie said during his budget speech on Thursday, November 12, 2020, that the construction of a mega cruise pier is one of the ways the Virgin Islands will ahead of the curve. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The OASIS of the Seas, a $1.4 billion luxury ship by Royal Caribbean that accommodates 6,300 passengers. Photo: Internet Source
The OASIS of the Seas, a $1.4 billion luxury ship by Royal Caribbean that accommodates 6,300 passengers. Photo: Internet Source
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced plans to construct a new pier in the territory to accommodate the mega-sized cruise ships.

Premier Fahie said during his budget speech on Thursday, November 12, 2020, that this is the Virgin Islands way of staying ahead of the curve.

“Mr Speaker, even as the cruise industry is restructuring and preparing to re-emerge from the impact of COVID-19, the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA) is also working to adapt to the most important evolution in that industry – the emergence of larger, mega-sized cruise ships,” he remarked.

“They include, the OASIS of the Seas, a $1.4 billion luxury ship by Royal Caribbean that accommodates 6,300 passengers and the 6,500-passenger Excellence Class (XL) by Carnival Cruise Lines that was launched in 2020, and which was expected to cost $950 million,” he added.

The Premier further said, the BVIPA currently operates a single cruise pier at the Tortola Cruise Port; it is not capable of accommodating these larger, mega-sized cruise ships. 

“Understandably, therefore, for the BVI to remain competitive and build resiliency in the Caribbean cruise sector, the development of a new pier must be a top priority. Therefore, the BVIPA is working diligently in the review of options to develop and operate a new mega-ship pier at the Tortola Cruise Port, and other ancillary food, beverage and retail facilities at the Cyril B. Romney Pier Park.”

He further informed that in early October 2020, the BVIPA engaged the services of top cruise industry experts Bermello Ajamil and Partners, to assist the BVIPA in this undertaking

There will be other port improvements territory-wide, he informed.

Luxury hotel

Meanwhile, he said, in anticipation of both the potential for future cruise-passenger origination at the BVI and the increased demand for hotel accommodation, the BVIPA issued an Expression of Interest for the development of a new luxury hotel and conference centre on a 27,281.12 square foot waterfront parcel in the Pier Park.

“Two companies were shortlisted to submit proposals to a subsequent Request for Proposal that was issued. They include GPH and Meridian, a local Virgin Islands company. Upon request by one of the two proponents, and in consideration of COVID-19-induced lending challenges, the deadline for response to the RFP was extended from October 2, 2020, to January 29, 2021,” he said.

19 Responses to “VI gearing up to construct new pier for larger, mega-sized cruise ships - Premier”

  • jack (13/11/2020, 10:39) Like (6) Dislike (27) Reply
    mehson the VIP government jammi they going be in office for a long long time yall
  • trust (13/11/2020, 10:44) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    What about the schools??? Senior campus??
  • yesss (13/11/2020, 10:45) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Finally we lacking in tourism compare to our family island st Thomas who he having 6 ships a day compared to us with 2 or 3.. level up
  • Wrong (13/11/2020, 10:46) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wrong! So very very wrong.
    Key West, Florida, just voted to limit these seaborne blights. Three referenda limited port calls to 1) vessels with good environmental records, 2) banned cruise ships with more than 1300 passengers aboard, and 3) capped the total number of cruise ship visitors per day to 1500.
    Each proposal received more than 60% approval of the Key West voters.
    That's sensible.
  • Thinking Big (13/11/2020, 10:58) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Doesn't hurt to think big. As a matter a fact that's a statement of hope and optimism ,,, Doesn't seems realistic in these times,,,, It's good to keep hope alive ,, That will be a massive achievement when it happens,,
  • who know (13/11/2020, 11:01) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    I understand about these mega ships. But when u let off these thousand people what is there for them to buy to leave some money here? U think our beaches can accommodate them? You have to open more businesses that will at lease compete with St.Thomas and St.Martin. Another thing you can imagine the traffic? Just saying.
  • Sounds nice (13/11/2020, 11:27) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    All sounds good but I think we should fix the infrastructure first. Much needed to accommodate the said tourist .
  • value (13/11/2020, 11:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    My issue with the VI is it's inability to manage funds, why should projects in the VI cost so much more than comparable projects and in many cases smaller project in the caribbean.
    • @value (13/11/2020, 13:02) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      Higher cost for projects means more money you can steal... how long have you been living here ?
  • pie in the sky (13/11/2020, 12:28) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need a federal building, better roads, schools, proper sewage, faster internet etc etc and the list goes on
  • NICK (13/11/2020, 13:26) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    fix the roads please, specially fish bay.
  • robocop (13/11/2020, 13:45) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The airport should be higher up the list of priorities than a new cruise dock. Who knows what the cruise industry will be looking like after covid is done. Equipping the airport to take bigger planes has the dual effect of improving transport links to the islands and opening up another route for tourists from further away
  • WEW (13/11/2020, 16:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh let’s put a Trump resort at cruise pier. Right on the administrative building
  • Heckler (13/11/2020, 17:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They used to call the man Mr 10%. What is the slice now buddy?
  • now dah will mek sense (13/11/2020, 17:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why not put it by prospect reef?
  • Noway (14/11/2020, 09:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Seriously Mr Premier?????
    This decision could not have been made with the welfare of the VI best interest.
    Seems more like a personal pocket consideration.
  • what (14/11/2020, 13:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was anyone consulted on this?
  • Heckler (14/11/2020, 17:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hazards of living in a one man show. That make sense?
  • Curious (14/11/2020, 19:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where this new pier will being build?
    6500 pax come with 5,000 plus crew
    Meaning about 8000 ppl can easily want to come ashore. Do we have enough taxis, beaches, tours and guides to accommodate them? Are you aware of the draft a ship that size has? Not even queen Mary could come to our pier but anchored in the channel.


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