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Government expects port costing as early as January

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.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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