Senator applauds port extension project


cruise-shipGIS – Independent Senator and Deputy President of the Senate, Mauricia Thomas-Francis, has commended the government on its initiative to make provisions for the facilitation of a berthing facility for mega cruise vessels.

Presenting at a sitting of the Senate on April 6, the senator stated that she recognized the significance of the initiative.

“I applaud the government for having the foresight to undertake such an important initiative. We have been told by the Minister for Tourism that while we have comparative advantage in attractions and beauty, we continue to underperform in the tourism sector. He also mentioned that following a 16 percent decline in 2016, we are experiencing 22 percent growth. We are also projecting a 19 percent growth in cruise ship arrivals and a 20 percent increase in cruise ship calls during the current period. Therefore, the extension of the berthing facility seems to have merit.”

The senator also remarked on the need for a comprehensive analysis so as to capitalize on the multitude of socio-economic benefits to be gained by the increase in visitor arrivals, and recuperate resources spent.

“We know that in a time of scarce resources we have to look at the best option that will ensure that we optimize every dollar spent,” she said.

In response, Sen. Hon. Ubaldus Raymond stated that many of the recommendations made by the senator had already been considered by the government, and that those not yet considered had been attentively noted.

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  1. As a former Board Member (or is she still and is that a conflict of interest if so?) of the St. Lucia Coalition Of Services Industries Inc,, of course she is going to support it.

    And it's a pretty safe bet that the only pension she has on retirement is resting in NIC that lended the USD 15M for the project.

    Given that she has an MBA, it would be wonderful to hear her comments of support from the Operations Management 101 standpoint of disembarking and re-embarking the volume of passengers from Point Seraphine when the adjacent roads, transportation and other infrastructure and traffic management capacity is simply just not capable of handling it.

    She must have missed that piece when she was watching the Discovery Channel documentaries on the basic logistics of mega-sized cruise ships.

    Perhaps she can grace us with her explanation of how that piece of the logistics will function using given her post-grad in MBA.

    • "A safe anchorage for ships", "Un magnifica carinis" is getting expanded? Will the port have to be desilted or dug out again? If so, what is the cost?

    • From the B/C analytical point of view, Arthur Lewis aka Castries, can be made into a significant turnaround port. Then, the stress or congestion will be at the HIA, with boarding on the return leg home for visitors to the region.

      • An interesting idea. Particularly keeping in mind that under-utilized Vigie field is just across the harbour and a very short, very convenient ride by a shuttle from Point Seraphine.

        It might be a good expansion project for maximizing Vigie field's through-put, particularly given that daily flights arrive/depart Vigie for Puerto Rico and Miami, both large cruise ship ports of origin and final destination.

        • Wow! A nice reminder regarding Miami and Puerto Rico. Arthur Lewis, aka Castries would rival other turnaround ports in the area with this kind of proximity. Then, the predators who see visitors as pay days would have to find other kinds of, but lawful paying jobs.

        • But in the interest of safety and speed, it might be necessary to reposition the arrival and departure terminal (gates) to the south of the airport.

          South of the runway, offers much more scope for expansion and development---to the south and east especially. This would enable better coordination, with respect to the security risks associated with modern terrorism.

          A competitive advantage can be gained with such a development, outside any other concern regarding the tourism spend. Sadly, this country's past and current tourism bureaucrats do not seem to want to place this on their radar screens, or on their management dashboards.

          • Very nicely said...

            LOL, you scare me with your use of the term management dashboard. Some over-educated-overpaid public servant will Google that and make a business case for spending $US 75,000 on a consultant to explore the feasibility of the implementation of a management dashboard as a COTS (commercial off the shelf) enterprise, government-wide software solution for expenditure monitoring and management...

  2. That's a good move. and we need to take advantage of ship building and fixing. we in the caribbean afterall! that's the kind of development we looking for, no fly by night horse manure shit in return for land for 100 years.

    • Uhmmm, ship building and repair (i.e. jobs, value-added and growth of our nation's GNP) is absolutely nowhere within the scope of this project. It's simply building a bigger pier for short-term visits by cruise ships...

      • Wow! A nice reminder regarding Miami and Puerto Rico. Arthur Lewis, aka Castries would rival other turnaround ports in the area with this kind of proximity. Then, the predators who see visitors as pay days would have to find other kinds of, but lawful paying jobs.

      • We do not have enough room for shipbuilding nor repair in aka Port Arthur Lewis, aka Port Castries. That kind of activity requires a lot of space. Perhaps the L'Anse Salopwee area would have had that role a long time ago, especially when costs were much lower.

        We do not have the technical skills for this kind of activity. Most of the ships today are made of metal. Where are our metallurgical and welding skills?

  3. Look out for the retentives who want to oppose. That harbour, Castries, is taking its sweet time to be high tech. We should be doing ship-building here by now with ship-launching pads from La Toc or The Morne. (There are enough welders flying around!!). Modern ships float into Castries, stuck in the 1960s with a smelly market and dirty streets that do not help. .... But the political in-fighting continues!!....

    • Darn smelly market indeed man! Upgrade the entire place. Pee stench everywhere. Bush growing alongside MAIN roads. Lots of crap....furious

      • "smelly"? "pee stench"? The pride is long gone.

        Yep, that's why some travel social media sites and some travel brochures now describe the market using the politically-correct code-speak "rustic" and "local".

        Luckily the travel brochures that show pictures of it aren't printed as 'scratch and sniff'.

        It is highly doubtful that either the PM or the Cabinet Ministers are suggesting to their off-shore friends to give it a lime when they visit here...

        ...Might that be one more small thing that supports the increasingly heard rumours that the executive and legislative seat of government is going to be relocated from the downtown to a complex, presently in the closely-held design stages, on a wonderfully sprawling piece of vacant land on the east side of Cap, the reasons cited as required space and security?...

    • The moneys that are used for cutting grass should go instead to keeping the city clean and polished.


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