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VI inks preferential 15-year berthing agreements!

- Ports Authority signs deal with Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith (left) observes as Works Minister Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool signs one of the preferential berthing agreement documents. Photo: VINO
The agreements, which were signed at the Premier’s Conference room yesterday by DCL’s President Mr Karl L. Holz (right) and NCL’s Vice President Destination and Strategic Development Mr. Colin Murphy, also guarantee a head tax of $15 per passenger with the expectation that this will increase after the first five years. Photo: VINO
The agreements, which were signed at the Premier’s Conference room yesterday by DCL’s President Mr Karl L. Holz (right) and NCL’s Vice President Destination and Strategic Development Mr. Colin Murphy, also guarantee a head tax of $15 per passenger with the expectation that this will increase after the first five years. Photo: VINO
Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool said that in addition to bringing cruise passengers to the Territory, DCL promised their assistance, with their expertise, to helping with hospitality training and marketing the Virgin Islands, throughout the world. Photo: VINO
Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool said that in addition to bringing cruise passengers to the Territory, DCL promised their assistance, with their expertise, to helping with hospitality training and marketing the Virgin Islands, throughout the world. Photo: VINO
Premier Smith spoke of the decisions to be made in the developing the territory’s cruise industry and said the most fundamental of those decisions is the extension of the cruise pier and its associated landside development. Photo: VINO
Premier Smith spoke of the decisions to be made in the developing the territory’s cruise industry and said the most fundamental of those decisions is the extension of the cruise pier and its associated landside development. Photo: VINO
Scene from the signing ceremony between the BVI Ports Authority, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line at the Premier's Conference Room yesterday, January 17, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the signing ceremony between the BVI Ports Authority, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line at the Premier's Conference Room yesterday, January 17, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the signing ceremony between the BVI Ports Authority, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line at the Premier's Conference Room yesterday, January 17, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the signing ceremony between the BVI Ports Authority, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line at the Premier's Conference Room yesterday, January 17, 2014. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The BVI Ports Authority inked 15-year deals with Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) yesterday, January 17, 2014, which offered preferential berthing rights to the two companies and guarantees the Territory over 400,000 passengers starting in May 2015.

Berthing agreements allow preferential rights to the participating cruise lines with respect to the requested dates for berthing or docking at the cruise pier.

The agreements, which were signed at the Premier’s Conference room yesterday by DCL’s President Mr. Karl L. Holz and NCL’s Vice President Destination and Strategic Development Mr. Colin Murphy, also guarantee a head tax of $15 per passenger with the expectation that this will increase after the first five years.

Premier Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith spoke of the decisions to be made in the developing of the Territory’s cruise industry and said the most fundamental of those decisions is the extension of the cruise pier and its associated landside development.

He added, “It is not lost upon me that there is a growing number of BVIslanders and residents who rely on cruise tourism for their livelihood. That is another reason why we are here today to sign this berthing agreement.”

“By signing this berthing agreement,” Premier Smith remarked, “we are demonstrating, as a Territory, that we are moving forward on the road of progress. The agreement is about the future sustainability of our cruise tourism sector.”

According to Premier Smith, the signing of the agreements pave the way for the VI to be among the leading players in the cruise tourism industry.

Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool said that in addition to bringing cruise passengers to the Territory, DCL promised their assistance, with their expertise, to helping with hospitality training and marketing the Virgin Islands, throughout the world.

Norwegian Cruise Line, he added, joined in and also offered to help market the Virgin Islands to the rest of the world .

“Along the way, we have had some delays and difficulties and we want to express our appreciation to all cruise lines for their continued interest in the BVI, as a premier cruise destination,” Hon. Vanterpool stated.

23 Responses to “VI inks preferential 15-year berthing agreements!”

  • DON Q (18/01/2014, 10:06) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    on a friday afternoon...more in the mota
  • pat (18/01/2014, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    do they know what 400,000 passengers look like? the companies haven't yet been able to deliver that. the problem is that means the Disney mega-ships with more passengers a day than before will be arriving. 400,000 in a year is one thing, but with the larger ships, we will be getting 1000s a day.
  • dog (18/01/2014, 10:54) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    fifteen years is better than 48 years. I hope this is watched closely. feels like the fox in the hen house.
  • bad eeal (18/01/2014, 11:31) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    we need more details seems like no body but clude and mark knows what in this deal
  • question (18/01/2014, 12:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where can I get a copy of what was signed?
    • ----------------- (18/01/2014, 14:14) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      no where tis under lock and key...well saw more of teh same NDP must go!!!!
  • Kingfish (18/01/2014, 15:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    i smell a rat in this deal!!!!
  • poor we (18/01/2014, 17:31) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Another sell out of our birth rights
  • Queen Mary (18/01/2014, 18:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    He looking back to see if he see a lil b
  • Blind (18/01/2014, 19:51) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    T his group are selling out our birthright for their own greed, it is time for us to have Virgin Islanders in our house of assembly. That is by birth to Virgin Islanders , at least one parent.Only Virgin Islanders can look out for our people,s best interest m.
  • sad (18/01/2014, 19:55) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is a family affair. Check out the players
    • wise-up (19/01/2014, 07:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      to "sad"..where is "YOUR" family("become a player"); NO one is holding you back from conducting business in BVI....stop the stupid talk we are in 2014....do something for yourself and try becoming more productive if your are a BV Islander......just sitting around writing ... day after day after day....talk that !!!!!

  • nbc (18/01/2014, 20:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    For crying out loud, this is no fifteen year Agreement. It cannot be when the two companies have the right to have the Agreement extended for an additional three consecutive five year periods subject to no additional terms or conditions. For all intents and purposes this is a thirty year Agreement. Unfortunately this is insignificant when compared to other conditions which are embeded in the Agreement. Don't hold your breath, this document wouldn't see the light of day for many moons to come.
  • wise up (18/01/2014, 23:21) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    What keeps me smiling in the BVI after 50-years; no one comes up with any ideas but once something gets stared people stand in line to offer some form of criticism…I do not support either NDP or VIP but I can simply say without any apology; we are now in 2014 and just trying to develop a cruise ship product…VIP ruled the BVI for 40-years and did nothing productive, look at our roads in 2014(poor condition), no street lights…in 2014 we still do have an adequate airport…here is my “personal” point on the cruise industry, most of the cruise ships leave from san juan or miami then “cruise” right pass “OUR” country on to st maarten and further south simply because we do not have what it takes to cater to the cruise industry….we are now chasing after the south amercian market and the asian market BUT most of these countries have their own “national airline” but “OUR” country do not have an airport that can accommodate the airlines from these countries we are chasing after(that is shameful)….when it come to “global affairs” “OUR” country must now play catch up; as I already noted the VIP ruled for several years….this is 2014 and “our” country is not yet up-to-date with ports, be it airport or sea ports…..we need to stop with the stupid political talk; ndp this and vip that and realize that the future of the BVI depends on prudent leadership; at the end of the day it has nothing to do with NDP or VIP, it’s the BVI that is being left behind as it relates to “global affairs”…we are no longer in the 60’s, the BVI is part of the global platform and to be competitive certain infrastructure has to be in place…just saying !!!! now run go talk that ?????

  • Scary Mary (19/01/2014, 06:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This would be a really good time for companies to move out of Road Town and begin to populate some of the smaller areas in order that their "real" customers can actually reach them. Traffic in the Road Town area (which is already pretty bad most of the time) is going to be a disaster on a regular basis with 425,000 people per year milling about town.

    To put it into perspective, that averages out to an additional 1,165 people per day, all being dropped off in Road Town. Of course they won't be spread out that well, so there will be 3 to 4 thousands on one day and none the next. Grocery shopping, banking and even trying to make your way to the post office will be an exercise in futility and frustration.

    For those of us living on the western part of Tortola, shopping in St. Thomas is looking better and better all the time, even with the increased departure taxes! My two girlfriends and I will split the cost of a rental car every other week, have lunch together, shop til we drop and make a day of it!

    For those living on the east side of the island, it's not so bad, because you don't have to make your way through Road Town to get to the grocery stores. The rest of us do!

    For me, my decision and plan of action has been made. So unless someone plans to open a PROPER grocery store in West End, St. Thomas, here we come! I'll do most of my banking online and send my husband into town to battle the hordes when something must be done in person! There is no way I am going to fight my way upstream just to buy groceries any longer. I'm done!
    • Math..... (19/01/2014, 11:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Scary Mary, you make some very valid points, but please allow me to correct your figures. The ships are here ONLY in the winter months, somewhere between Oct/ Nov & Apr = 6 months the most, making your daily rate 2,459 passengers per day instead off 1,165!! The "good thing" is, that about 1,000+ will be crowding The Bath, like on Chritmas day, when over 2,500!!!!!!! were recorded at The Baths, with 6 Ships in the BVI (3 Roadtown + 3 in VG). Those people can never enjoy the beauty of our Country and will NOT be attampted to come back for a longer vacation :-((
  • question (19/01/2014, 06:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are the minister's salaries?


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