Friday, May 9 – Now that the BVI Cruise Pier Expansion Project has officially broken ground, the project team is ready to begin marine works in the coming weeks.
At yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony, Project Manager Mr. Dion Stoutt outlined what the marine works entail.
He said that IDL Projects and Meridian Construction Joint Venture Company Ltd. will be responsible for the strengthening, lengthening and widening of the current pier; dredging in and around the pier facility and turning basin to allow safer maneuvering of ships; removal of existing rip rap or rock face that currently protects the land and replacing same with a bulkhead for better protection of landside; and establishing a 20-foot boardwalk along the southern coastline which will eventually handle pedestrian traffic.
Mr. Stoutt also explained that the rip rap will be used to create a revetment, or foundation, for dredged materials to be deposited. This will be done to create one-and-a-half to two acres of land in the front of the Central Administration Building.
Regarding the marine work timeline, Mr. Stoutt said, “One side of the pier, inclusive of the dredging works; southern boardwalk and revetment are anticipated to be completed in early January 2015. IDL/ Meridian’s project scope is slated to be completed in April 2015.”
In a separate interview with Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr. Claude O. Skelton Cline commented, “The marine works are in line with the expectations by both Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and Disney Cruise Line (DCL) that signed berthing agreements with thHe further stated, “One side of the pier has to be completed for DCL’s Fantasy on January 7, 2015 and the other side for NCL’s Breakaway onApril 29, 2015. These are both 4,000 passenger capacity vessels that cannot currently call to our existing cruise pier.”
Regarding the project, Mr. Cline said that residents can expect to see actual works sometime in June, which is around the same time the heavy duty equipment is expected here in the Territory.
The cruise pier development, being done by the Government of the Virgin Islands, is expected to create a unique and modern cruise pier facility that is environmentally compatible and sustainable, that delivers a memorable and world-class experience.