Cayman Islands to build cruise pier

By ,   October 2, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

According to Cayman Compass, the premier of Cayman Islands said the government intended to build a huge concrete cruise dock in George Town harbor.

Speaking to business leaders at the legislative luncheon of Chamber of Commerce, the premier McLaughlin said that the piers were needed if Cayman Islands wanted to stay in cruise business "in a meaningful way".

Mr.McLaughlin added that the project would create new employment opportunities and the Cabinet was still to make formal decision, expected over the next weeks. According to the premier, the government had agreed on the merits of building an enhanced cargo port and a cruise port to allow the project's proceeding to the next stage - discussions with Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as with Government and cruise companies regarding the design of piers and project’s financing.

Cruise companies were needed to guarantee the needful volume of passengers over the financing period. The premier stated they would proceed carefully to ensure minimum environmental impact. The project would not harm Seven Mile Beach, the primary concern of the government.

However, environmental impact assessments indicated that the dredge and fill project would cause significant environmental damage to the ancient reefs in the Caymans.