Works Underway at BVI Cruise Pier

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SEPTEMBER-6-CRUISE-SHIP-PIER-WORK-COMMENCES-(1)Tuesday, September 2 – Works for the BVI Cruise Pier Expansion Project are currently underway, as was highlighted during yesterday’s media tour with Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool and Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Mr. Claude O. Skelton Cline.
Members of the press along with a few Government officials were taken on a ground tour of the project that highlighted both the marine and landside works currently happening at the Cruise Pier.
On the marine side, IDL Projects and Meridian Construction Joint Venture Company Ltd is responsible for the strengthening, lengthening and widening of the current pier. Honourable Vanterpool told the press that piling for the marine works may begin as early as this week.
The company will also dredge in and around the pier facility and turning basin to allow safer maneuvering of ships; remove existing rip rap or rock face that currently protects the land and replace same with a bulkhead for better protection of landside; and establish a 20-foot boardwalk along the southern coastline which will eventually handle pedestrian traffic.
The rip rap is already being used to create a revetment, or foundation, for dredged materials to be deposited. This is being done to create one-and-a-half to two acres of land behind the Central Administration Building.
During the tour, piles were being driven on the landside by Ports and Marina Services Ltd, which is tasked with site enabling and substructure works that specifically entails demolition, piling and placement of concrete slabs.
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Scope of works for the Cruise Pier Expansion Project involves the lengthening and widening of the cruise pier to over 1,300 ft. and 60 ft. The pier is also being strengthened to accommodate ships with over 170,000 gross registered tons. Along with the pier works, the project also includes a landside development: ‘Tortola Pier Park’, which will feature commercial, retail, entertainment and green spaces, open to the public. The Project, being done by the Government of the Virgin Islands and the BVI Ports Authority, is designed to create a unique and modern cruise pier facility that delivers a memorable, world-class and environmentally compatible sustainable development. ### NOTES TO EDITOR(S): Photographs are attached.
1. Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark Vanterpool guides media tour on September 1, 2014 at BVI Cruise Pier. (Photo credit: BVIPA/ April Glasgow)
2. Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Mr. Claude O. Skelton Cline takes questions from the media during a tour of the BVI Cruise Pier on September 1, 2014. (Photo credit: BVIPA/ April Glasgow)
3. Piles in place on landside at BVI Cruise Pier. (Photo credit: BVIPA/ April Glasgow)
4. Piles being driven on landside at BVI Cruise Pier. (Photo credit: BVIPA/ April Glasgow)
5. Start of revetment (foundation) behind the Central Administration Building. (Photo credit: BVIPA/ April Glasgow)
6. Barge with piles alongside Cruise Pier. (Photo credit: BVIPA/ April Glasgow)

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