Development of Cruise Berthing Facilities

Project Updates as at 31 May 2017

Status: Detailed Project Planning

  • There has been substantial progress on this complex infrastructure project to be procured by Private Finance.
  • Cabinet approved an outline Business Case in 2013 and an Environmental Economic Impact Appraisal by PWC in 2015. A contract was awarded for Civil Engineering Design work in July 2016, to develop the proposal to move the piers into deeper waters, in order to reduce the environmental impact.
  • KPMG were appointed in April 2017 to develop a financial model and prequalification /tender documents for the project. A presentation was given to Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and meetings were held with the various cruise lines on 19 May 2017 with CIG/PACI in attendance. KPMG are now negotiating on behalf of CIG in order to further develop the financial model for the DBFM form of contract.
  • Bidder prequalification documents were made available for downloading on the CIG Electronic bidding portal on 15th May 2017. The return date for prequalification applications is on or before mid-day on 30th June 2017 for scoring and evaluation.

Next key milestone: Cruise line negotiations, development of project requirements and Phase 3 tendering (estimated completion date:  August 2017 – dependent on cruise line negotiations).

Estimated project completion timeline: December 2021 (dependent on tender timescale).

Project Updates as at 30 November, 2016

Status: Detailed Project Planning

In July, Dutch firm Royal Haskoning DHV was awarded the contract for the civil engineering design works, to look at what the proposal to move the piers for the proposed cruise berth into deeper waters, in order to reduce the environmental impact of the project, would entail and cost.  This work is an important step in its own right and will help to inform discussions with the cruise lines and the UK Government over the appropriate financing model for the project.  A request for proposal is scheduled to be issued in December 2016, to engage consultants to develop a financial model and tender documents for the cruise berthing project. It is anticipated that the prequalification for the project will be issued early next year.

Project Updates as at 25 May, 2016

Relevant EY Recommendations:

7.1 – Sale or lease of existing port(s)
OR 7.2 – PPP to develop and operate terminal facility


Minister: Hon. Moses Kirkconnell

Project Sponsor: Mr. Stran Bodden, Chief Officer

Overview (taken from Cabinet’s Project Future Programme Brief): This project aims to deliver new cruise berthing facilities in George Town. The improvements will make a significant contribution to supporting continued growth in the key tourism sector.

Status: In Project Planning.

Ministry/Portfolio Update:

  • Cabinet approved an Outline Business Case for new cruise facilities in 2013. An Environmental Economic Impact Appraisal by PWC was approved in 2015, as an addendum to the Outline Business Case, updated with the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
  • The project is valued at around $150m. The PWC report estimates a positive economic impact from capital expenditure during construction, over 3 years, of at least $156m and the creation of 500 jobs.
  • The Major Projects Office has completed a bidder pre-qualification process and will issue in May a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the civil engineering works.
  • The Ministry is continuing to engage with cruise line on the commercial terms regarding usage of the proposed cruise berthing facility.
  • A dedicated project manager has been appointed by the Port Authority and will start July 2016.