Cruise lines invited to begin talks over berthing dock plan

Cruise lines are being invited to begin “formal talks” with government over the development of new berthing facilities in George Town harbor. 

In this instance, the companies are being approached in their role as the key users of the new docks rather than as potential business partners in building the facility. 

The government says it wants to ensure that the scope of the development fits with what cruise lines expect from the ports they visit before it goes out to tender later this year. 

It is likely that one or more of the cruise lines will ultimately be involved as a partner to government in building and running the port, but this latest round of talks over the much discussed project will focus largely on their role as users of the planned facility. 

“Government has approached the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association and cruise lines as they will be the prime users of the berthing facility, and it is important that any specific user requirements they might have are determined early on in the process,” said Moses Kirkconnell, minister of tourism. 

“Once this has been accomplished, we will then look at the best ways to incorporate those needs, while ensuring value-for-money for the Cayman Islands,” he added. 

A request for proposals has already gone out, with a deadline of Wednesday this week, to find consultants to prepare an environmental impact assessment on the project. 

That assessment will take place this year while government simultaneously works towards an request for proposals for the construction of the facility. Work is expected to begin on the project in 2015, with an estimated cost of between US$100 million and US$200 million, according to the business case produced by PwC. 


Cruise liner companies will have a say in what kind of cruise berthing piers Cayman will get.


  1. Sounds like a sensible move but why wasn’t it done earlier?

    One of the fatal flaws of the whole project so far has been that no one has ever bothered to do any kind of feasibility study involving the actual people who will use facility.

    So far it all seems to have been little more than a re-run of the Boatswain’s Beach fiasco where money were poured into a project without any thought to practical aspects like revenue potential simply because someone thought it might be a good idea.

  2. Finally I see some semblance of an engineering logic flow. That business case needs to tighten up though, one million to 2 million is too large a variance. I doubt those figures would sway any banker to approval.

    I must sympathize with the evaluators though, failing plans and specifications, it is very difficult to complete a take off list to agree values.

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