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…