Port gets elbow room

With almost an acre of new space in its dockside operation, the Port Authority is now prepared to better handle the increasing volumes of cargo shipments.

Port Director Paul Hurlston said the new expansion was handed over by the contractors Meisner Marine last week.

It allows some 300 feet by 65 feet of additional dockside access to commercial vessels. The 0.8acre space is already in use, allowing increased storage and mobility, as shipments are offloaded and taken to the Cargo Distribution Centre in the North Sound, states a GIS press release.

Mr. Hurlston reports that work is also progressing well on the adjacent project on the north end of the dock – the new Royal Watler Cruise Teminal. The 2.2 acre site, complete with a new finger pier for cruise tenders, is now in the final stages of ground preparation for final surfacing. Following this, cruise passenger offices for Customs, Immigration, the Port and the Department of Tourism will be built, as well as a large block for commercial stores.

Once completed by mid-year this new site will facilitate up to eight cruise ships in total in George Town, including continued use of the existing north and south terminals.