Advertisements are to appear in local and international media Wednesday seeking proposals for civil engineering design work for the proposed cruise berthing facility.
Successful tenders will pre-qualify with the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport to take part in the full tender process scheduled for next month.
The ministry is continuing to act on instructions from Cabinet to move forward with discussions on the strategy with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to engage cruise lines on the commercial terms regarding the proposed cruise berthing facility, and to review plans for the least possible environmental impact of the facility, including repositioning of the piers.
Cabinet has already accepted the Environmental Impact Statement on the project.
In order to negotiate with the cruise lines for a financing model, the ministry must obtain detailed civil engineering designs that include costs to construct the cruise berthing facility.
“My ministry continues to have productive discussions with cruise lines in relation to their involvement in the berthing facility and contact has been made with the FCO,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism Moses Kirkconnell.