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Hundreds of used cars cleared for Cayman owners

Several hundred car buyers in Cayman can now look forward to receiving their vehicles, following the clearing of a logjam of used vehicles in the port of Kingston, Jamaica.

Port Authority to auction off unclaimed goods

The Port Authority is moving to auction off unclaimed goods as space runs out its cargo warehouse, Port Director Joseph Woods has said.

Port Authority: Eden Rock damage was ‘no one’s fault’

A boating incident that left the coral reef at Cayman’s Eden Rock dive site covered in sand was likely an ‘unfortunate accident’, according to both the Port Authority and the Department of Environment.

Containers topple over at cargo storage facility

New height restrictions have been handed down for the Cayman Islands Port Authority container storage facility, after empty containers were toppled over by a crane operator Tuesday.

Giant floating net found off George Town

A fishing device with a ghost net, measuring a total length of 877 feet, was found floating off George Town harbour Tuesday.

More options for watersports events

New amendments to Cayman’s port regulations have paved the way for hosting watersports events outside of designated zones.

Gomez named Port Authority board chairman

Retired civil servant Kearney Gomez is the new chairman of the board at the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands

Port deputy director steps down

The Port Authority’s deputy director James Parsons has retired from the role.

Orion: Upgrades essential for efficiency and safety

Barry Loudermilk, business development director for Orion Marine Group, breaks down the cargo aspect of the cruise berthing and enhanced cargo project.

Documents reveal 2012 mega-ship tender plan

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines were in advanced talks with the Port Authority in 2012 to tender an Oasis-class mega ship, according to documents seen by the Cayman Compass.

Part of harbour to lose marine park status

The Port Authority will be responsible for policing snorkelling, diving and other marine activity in George Town harbour as part of a rezone of the coastal waters off Grand Cayman’s capital.

Plan for second pier at Spotts floated

The Port Authority is investigating options for a second pier to allow more cruise ships to use Grand Cayman’s back-up, bad-weather anchorage at Spotts.

Port businesses fear for future

Businesses at the port are concerned for their future after being turned down in their efforts to secure a “first refusal” agreement for space in the proposed new cruise terminal.

Fewer cruise ships to dock at Spotts

The Port Authority plans to reduce the number of cruise ships allowed to use Grand Cayman’s back up “bad weather” anchorage at Spotts.

Downtown road closure

Cardinall Avenue and Harbour Drive, between Shedden Road and Fort Street, will be closed Thursday and Friday night to facilitate the Prowess Music Concert.

Port Authority terminates suspended director

Port Director Clement Reid has had his employment terminated by “mutual consent,” the Port Authority confirmed Wednesday.

Jolly Roger runs aground for second time in month

Cayman’s iconic pirate-themed ship The Jolly Roger ran aground in George Town harbor amid rough seas Tuesday for the second time in a month.

EDITORIAL – Insuring the future of our water sports

In 2006, a young Cabinet Minister by the name of Alden McLaughlin tabled in the Legislative Assembly a report titled “Safety of Small Commercial Waterborne Vessels.” The report, prepared by the Office of the Complaints Commissioner, noted some “exemplary operators” but concluded that in the absence of sufficient regulation, others fell far short of “acceptable standards” for equipment, operations and crew training, certification and knowledge.

Suspension of port director extended

Cayman Islands Port Authority Director Clement Reid had his suspension extended, according to minutes from recent board meetings.

Jolly Roger pulled free after running aground

Cayman’s pirate-themed ship the Jolly Roger, which ran aground amid rough weather Monday morning, was successfully pulled off a sandbank near Burger King later in the day.

Owner of washed-up boat sought

A 35-foot Dominican-type Panga boat that was found washed up on the south shore of Cayman will be seized and disposed of by the Port Authority if the owner does not claim the vessel.

National Roads Authority director suspended in probe

Paul Parchment, the managing director of Cayman’s National Roads Authority, has been placed on leave following a decision of the authority’s board of directors.

EDITORIAL – Celebrating Cayman’s blooming season of growth

Here in Cayman, where the flowers remain vibrant all the year round, we have our own season of growth to celebrate – economically, that is – as dozens of exciting development projects are springing up.

Cranes will create multi-story container tower

Unable to expand outwards, Cayman’s Cargo Distribution Centre is expanding upward. A $5.6 million project, currently under way, will allow the Port Authority to stack shipping containers seven stories high, ensuring the Grand Cayman has enough storage capacity for the next 20 years, according to port director Clement Reid.

Cruise ships skip Cayman amid rough conditions

There were no cruise ships in port Thursday after all four captains decided conditions were too rough to moor in George Town harbor.

20,000 cruise tourists expected in port Wednesday

George Town businesses are preparing for one of the busiest days of the year Wednesday with six cruise ships bringing nearly 20,000 passengers to the island.
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Businessman’s drowning was misadventure

Norwegian businessman Erik Henriksen died by misadventure, a coroner’s jury determined on Wednesday after hearing evidence since Monday about the circumstances in which he drowned in November, 2015.

Amid hurricane devastation, tourists divert to Cayman

In normal circumstances, an influx of 250,000 additional tourists would be cause for celebration. But Grand Cayman’s windfall comes at a cost to its Caribbean neighbors.

Bad weather blamed for lower cruise figures

While Cayman’s cruise ship tourism continues to grow, passenger arrivals for 2017 are expected to fall below the 2016 total, in part due to bad weather during the first quarter of the year.

Watch as 20,300 cruise ship passengers pour into George Town

The George Town waterfront saw one of its busiest days of the year Tuesday, with six cruise ships bringing in more than 20,300 passengers, according to the Port Authority.

EDITORIAL – When ships damage reefs, the Port Authority must find its voice

Grand Cayman’s waters are celebrated for their crystalline clarity, enabling boaters and snorkelers to enjoy the beauty of our country’s coral reefs from fathoms away. But when those magnificent reefs are damaged or destroyed by visiting vessels, and when the Cayman Islands Port Authority is involved, the situation inevitably seems to become murky.

Eden Rock reef crash: DOE says Port in charge of replacing channel markers

When a cargo ship crashed into the Eden Rock reef on Friday, causing substantial damage, Cayman’s Department of Environment says it faced “considerable scrutiny and criticism” for the lack of channel markers around the reef.

Cargo ship slams coral reef in George Town harbor

Significant damage was done to a coral reef in George Town harbor early Friday after a 328-foot cargo vessel struck the shallow area with its hull, Department of Environment officials said.

The drop

Today's editorial cartoon.

EDITORIAL – Port drops car: A ‘crash course’ in immunity clauses

The Williams family’s new life in the Cayman Islands started off with a bang — and a crash, and a thud … But no “I’m sorry” from port personnel who dropped their shipping container, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage to its contents, including their car, scooters and other property.

The buck doesn’t stop here

Today's editorial cartoon.

‘It has all gone wrong straight away’ for British couple retiring in Cayman

A British couple’s retirement move to Grand Cayman got off to a disastrous start when they were told that someone had dropped their shipping container, causing thousands of dollars of damage. Paul and Sue Williams say they had planned their big move for three years.

Boat capsizes off Seven Mile Beach

Marine police responded Wednesday to a report of three men in the water after a boat capsized off Seven Mile Beach in rough sea conditions.

High winds and seas in store for the week

Boaters are being cautioned about rough seas and high winds this week, and the National Weather Service expects to issue a small craft advisory by Thursday as winds are forecast to pick up to 25 knots over the coming days

Port Authority helped fund cruise pier report

Government appealed to the Port Authority for help to cover a $1.8 million shortfall in funding for the environmental impact assessment on the proposed cruise pier project, according to Port Authority meeting minutes.

More details emerge on rescue at sea

A radio call from a sailboat led to the rescue of 15 Cuban migrants 4 miles off South West Point, George Town, according to police.

EDITORIAL – Equal environmental justice for everyone

We in the Cayman Islands should exercise great caution not to turn an environmental issue into a “class warfare” issue.
Paul Allen's yacht Tatoosh is blamed for anchor damage to the reef in the West Bay replenishment zone. - PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER

Billionaire’s yacht blamed for coral reef damage

An area of around 13,000 square feet of coral reef habitat within a marine park was impacted by anchor damage from the mega-yacht Tatoosh, according to a survey by Department of Environment divers.

Splashy mural brings Cayman icons to George Town cruise terminal

Muralist Tansy Maki hopes her newest artwork featuring iconic Caymanian sights gives tourists and residents a sense of gratitude for visiting or living in...

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