Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Hon. Moses Kirkconnell told Cayman 27 government will soon learn what it will cost to build a cruise berthing facility.
Mr. Kirkconnell said results of Dutch firm Royal Haaskonning’s look at moving the piers into deeper water is expected as early as January. He said pushing the piers into deeper water will require less dredging to accommodate the cruise ships, and therefore have less environmental impact.
However, less environmental impacts will likely come at a cost.
“Remember, the cost will probably be a little bit more to move the piers into deeper water, but we as a government are willing to do that because that was what we thought was the right thing to do,” explained Mr. Kirkconnell.
The initial outline business-case estimated the cost for the project in the neighborhood of $150 million. Mr. Kirkconnell said moving the piers into deeper water could bring the price tag up towards around $190 or 200 million.