Things are on track with the cruise pier development, Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced following an official tour of the cruise pier project on January 29.
The Minister who led Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn and Fifth District Representative, Hon. Delores Christopher on a tour last week announced that he was pleased with how things were proceeding.
In an update, Hon. Vanterpool announced: “We are making great progress on this major infrastructural project, and Government is pleased about that. Despite some delays, we are still targeting the end of April to see the first mega ship docking here and a completion of the entire project by the end of 2015.”
In a previous update on January 14, the Minister for Communication assured that the ongoing project was not affecting the arrival of cruise passengers. In fact, he stated that the cruise industry is secured and that ships are still arriving. Hon. Vanterpool stated: “Despite ongoing construction of the cruise pier, all resources assigned to cruising at the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) are fully operational.”
The Minister mentioned that since construction began last fall, the BVI Ports Authority has had to organize and facilitate the movement of cruise passengers through the temporary staging area on Wickham’s Cay.