New company tapped to build cruise port

After negotiations to have the Dart-owned company DECCO build a cruise berthing facility in George Town fell through, the government and Port Authority moved immediately to engage the company that placed second in the initial selection process.

In a press statement issued to the Caymanian Compass on Monday, the government said it and the Port Authority had decided to move ahead with the GLF Group/Royal Construction team to build the port.

Negotiations with DECCO apparently ended amicably.

“As negotiations ended, DECCO’s commitment to assisting in the development of quality infrastructure for Cayman’s future was underscored by its agreement to make the existing, completed work packages available to the Port Authority,” the press release stated. “This will allow the Port Authority to progress with the project without losing time to replicate this effort…”
 Cline Glidden, Jr., project lead on behalf of government, expressed gratitude to DECCO.

“The Cayman Islands Government is committed to cruise tourism, and although we are disappointed that we could not reach mutually agreeable terms with DECCO, we are sincerely appreciate the efforts and investment DECCO has extended towards the national goal of improving cruise berthing facilities,” he said.

Premier McKeeva Bush said he was “100 per cent supportive” of the decision.

The government said it intended to move ahead with a signing of the main agreement with GLF/Royal within 60 to 90 days, allowing it to start construction on the project during the first quarter of 2011.

GLF is an international marine construction company that will team with locally based Royal Construction, which is known for such projects as Morritt’s Grand and the new George Town Library building.

“GLF and their local partner Royal Construction have assembled a credible team with many years of combined experience and expertise in developing marine related projects throughout the world and have the ability to bring the necessary financing to develop and complete the project.” Mr. Glidden said.

For the full story, see the Wednesday edition of the Caymanian Compass…


  1. How typical of our government not to be able to work out a deal with one of the most reputable companies on the island! Would love to know what curves they threw at them. Government should have bent over backwards to make sure that this deal went through and DECCO started on this major project, which we desperately need, immediately. But no, more red tape. So typical — we have such an indecisive and ineffective government that never seems to get things done — they get caught up on the buraucracy and never seem to figure out what their goal is. This was a huge mistake not to let DECCO do what they needed to do. So on to another company — and the process starts all over again (and who knows that there won’t be a 3rd company and a 4th) and meanwhile, No cruise ship port is being built. How sad for the people of Cayman!

  2. I had heard a while back that there were excessive ‘financial consultation’ fees being demanded by high government officials and that may be the reason DECCO decided not to go forward. Very sad if that’s the truth.

  3. Who is GLF? I tried to seach the name on the web and came up empty? I have no issues with Decco not be the GC on the port however how can CIG have a Landscape company (Royal Construction) build a port.. are you all having a laugh again… I have no beef with Royal Const.. but you need to have a company with some experience in construction… there is something fishy about this deal…

  4. First off, Royal Construction is not a Landscape company. They are a construction company that has been here for several years and have completed several large projects. Secondly CaymanMermaid should do a little research on DECCO and what their conditions where for getting the contract. Bottom line, having DECCO build the port was not in the best interest to the people of Cayman.

  5. It’s good to see that DART is not going to be used for this project as it would have been a huge hit for the people of Cayman. It was a great decision to move ahead with another team to see this project through!

  6. You know what? The Cayman Islands should NOT be committed to cruise tourism.

    Our government (which is in debt) is trying to build a huge port (in a marine park) to bring in tourists who, more likely than not, do not have the means to invest in this island or its infrastructure, let alone return as stay-over tourists.

    We should be investing in STAY-OVER TOURISTS in a way that is sustainable and displays some environmental stewardship.

    Honestly, as a young Caymanian, I am getting sick to death of the lack of foresight our government consistently displayed. I don’t care how many cruise tourists this new port will bring – they won’t do us any good in the long-run.

    And me and my peers are gonna be the ones paying for it.

  7. Regarding the lack of need for Cruise Tourists, they actually do bring a lot to the island in their short stay. First of all there is a per head charge that the Cruise lines pay when they port in Cayman which is in the area of $20 per person which for and average Cruise ship built today that holds 3000 Passengers totals approximately $60,000 each time a ship ports. Judging from the Cayman Compass article To Berth or Not, 22 July 2010. The average On-Shore spending can be as much as $150 per Passenger which will go to local businesses. That’s in the area of $450,000 per ship per visit going into the local economy not to mention the crew or these ships and the fact that the newer ships hold a lot more passengers. This all helps local businesses including restaurants, Novelty shops as well the Vendors with small booths near the ports. Even the guy selling cold coconuts with the top chopped off so visitors can enjoy an all natural cold drink and then eat real coconut jelly. Tell me how many long stay guests at the Ritz Carlton buy coconuts or Black Coral Jewelry from the locals.

    This is a good article to read for more on this.

    Read it and judge for yourself, if you really think Cruise ships don’t do Cayman any good.

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