Dredging works are expected to begin at the Kingstown Cruise ship Terminal in time for the start of the Cruise season on November 1st.
Prime Minister Gonsalves on Tuesday said that the project should have already begun, but due to the passage of hurricane Irma the company who won the tender located in the BVI had sustained damage to their equipment.
Gonsalves said he spoke to Port Manager Bishen John about the scope of work, and it was indicated to him that a 24hr work schedule would be in place, due to time constraints.
Currently, the Cruise ship berth on either side of a piled concrete jetty is 162 meters long and 20 meters wide, beyond which there are two mooring dolphins and a breasting dolphin.
The larger of the two berths – the North Berth – is designed for vessels up to 100,000 grt and 260 meters in length so that, in practice, Port Kingstown can accommodate the largest cruise ships.
The North Berth has a depth alongside from 28.0 meters to a dredged 11.35 meters while the South berth, suitable for vessels of up to 45,000 grt and 100 meters in length, has a depth of 28.0 meters to a dredged 7.1 meters.