A contract was signed for the construction of a 2nd cruise pier at Port Zante, St Kitts.
St Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority and Canadian Commercial Corp. came together on Wednesday, November 22, to formalise the project.
Minister of public infrastructure, Ian “Patches” Liburd, said that the plan was “one of vision,” necessary for the tourism industry to grow.
Planning for a 2nd cruise pier project started in 2012. Work is expected to begin by the end of 2018 first quarter with the aim of getting completed for 2019 cruise season.
The pier will be able to accommodate a couple of Oasis-sized cruise ships, the largest and the longest passenger ship in the world.
According to a government press release, the US$48 million construction of a 2nd pier will be funded via “the joint efforts of local business establishments”.
St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank pledged support of US$34 million, St Kitts & Nevis Social Security Board assured US$7 million, St Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation offered US$5 million, and St Kitts and Nevis Trading & Development Company guaranteed US$2 million.