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‘We are at a disadvantage’ - Commentator

Commentator Julio Sam Henry believes that residents of the Virgin Islands, particularly those involved in the business of the cruise industry, are now at a disadvantage following the signing of berthing agreements between the government and Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and Disney Cruise Lines (DCL). Photo: VINO
Henry made the statements after a caller on the programme suggested that there will be no cruise ships in January 2015. Photo: VINO/File
Henry made the statements after a caller on the programme suggested that there will be no cruise ships in January 2015. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Julio Sam Henry believes that residents of the Virgin Islands, particularly those involved in the business of the cruise industry, are now at a disadvantage following the signing of berthing agreements between the government and Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and Disney Cruise Lines (DCL).

“That’s what it comes down to – dog eat dog eat dog, because where we’re at now is a disadvantage,” Henry stated on the Speak Your Mind show aired on May 17, 2014.

Henry made the statements after a caller on the programme suggested that there will be no cruise ships in January 2015.

“If we aint got no ships, call the Minister for Communications and Works, Mr Mark Vanterpool… Call the person running the Ports Authority, his name is Mr Claude Skelton… those are the two chief [people] who are in charge of what ships come to the Territory,” he stated.

“If you’re in the business and you don’t understand what’s coming, sit back and wait for things to happen,” Henry suggested.

The talks show host said he wants to be a person that make things happen in his business and will be taking steps to ensure this is the case once the NCL & DCL agreements come into fruition.

“I never advocated that we sell out the birth rights in the business aspect of this thing to somebody else, I didn’t see the need for that,” he argued. “I didn’t see why we would have to sign any berthing agreement with anybody…”

Henry said the Territory has two main cruise ship agents and “everybody wants to kill one, everybody wants to kill the Romneys… bad move.”

He said the government went ahead and ‘did their thing’ despite the fact that none of the agents were involved in any of the negotiations for the cruise lines that signed agreements.

“They put together information and they tried to make it a secret, then it came out,” he stated.

11 Responses to “‘We are at a disadvantage’ - Commentator”

  • Voters (19/05/2014, 14:11) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Another example how ndp has destroyed the cruise ship sector
    • fat man (20/05/2014, 00:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      When political failure in office is rewarded with success at the poll this is doesn't have anything to do with a flawed system.
  • I MAN (19/05/2014, 15:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    who tells this bald headed g...e that he can be a spokeman for the people of the virgin islands he think we asleep we dont have to be tingilling symbols we fulwell know what to do at the poles

  • a traveled BVIslander (19/05/2014, 15:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Royal Caribbean has done great things in Haiti, Jamaica, and other islands for the islanders and the public....why are we with NCL and DCL exclusively, with special treatment, when it is just for the passenger tax, which all of the ships pay?
    • Yes (19/05/2014, 19:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Name one great thing. How much does the Government of those places get out if it.
      • travelling man (19/05/2014, 20:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Plenty, but you need to care enough to [google] these island nations so your remarks are taken seriously. We are living in an information world now. Get with it or sit down and be quiet.
  • weed (19/05/2014, 19:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    And still going ahead to build a new dock with no ships
  • ABC (19/05/2014, 23:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Well Well, This has to be a classic. NCL and DCL will control what happens at the Dock; the passenger tax will be paid directly to Caribbean Development Bank to protect the loan from that bank; land side development will be at the mercy of NCL and DCL and to add insult to injury, much of the development will take place on land owned by members of the Investment Club and Senior G.........t Officials. This is Government in the Sun Shine.

  • one eye roster (20/05/2014, 00:41) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    We, as a nation need to clean up our individual acts. Then, we will be able to produce cl..n politicians.

  • AC 360 (20/05/2014, 00:45) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its about time that someone comes out and speak the truth we agree with you SAM
  • Windy (23/05/2014, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "we aint got no ships" and this joker has a talk show ?


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