Cabinet on Tuesday approved Dart Enterprises Construction Company, also known as DECCO, as the potential development partner to finance, design and build the proposed cruise berthing facility and cargo enhancement project.
Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush made the announcement at a Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday.
‘Cabinet has also approved that the Port Authority develop a non-binding memorandum of understanding with DECCO Ltd. and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association,’ Mr. Bush said. ‘That document, when the MOU is completed, will be presented to Cabinet for further consideration.’
Backbench MLA Cline Glidden Jr., who sat on the selection committee that recommended Cabinet move forward with DECCO on the Memorandum of Understanding, said the selection process involved a matrix scoring process of the four short-listed development teams that had responded to the request of Expressions of Interest.
He said there were three votes on the committee, one each by Port Chairman Stefan Baraud, Port Deputy Chairman Woody Foster and one from the four government backbenchers, who spoke as a single voice.
‘All three of the parties came out independently scoring DECCO the best,’ he said.
Mr. Glidden said DECCO was the only one of the four short-listed development teams that had self-financing and didn’t have to procure outside financing.
Speaking about the decision not to use the Central Tenders Committee for the selection a company with which to enter an MOU, Mr. Glidden said the unique nature of the arrangement was one of the reasons the CTC was not used.
‘It was difficult to involve Central Tenders because of the process,’ he said.
Although Mr. Glidden said the legal department would ultimately decide if the actual award of the contract had to go through the Central Tenders Committee, he does thing there is some grey area as to whether the CTC must become involved because the government wasn’t giving up anything to get the new facility.
‘The Port Authority is going to allow a third party to build a facility, which is going to be handed over to the Port Authority and paid for by a third party,’ he said. ‘It’s not clear cut.’