Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the government plans to spend US $50 million of building a third pier to accommodate the largest cruise ships, from the Oasis cruise line.
He was speaking at the re-commissioning ceremony for the expanded Heritage Quay yesterday, during the afternoon activities to welcome the Anthem of the Seas, the largest to have ever docked in Antigua.
“We will not stop there, in fact, my government is committed to spending a further US$50 million to build a third pier so that by next year this time, we expect to be here celebrating the arrival of the Oasis class ships'” he said.
The Prime Minister, who gave more details on the development during ZDK’s conscious Vibes Programme this morning, said that the new pier will take up a portion of the fisheries and point wharf complex.
He added that consultations are planned with fishermen in the coming weeks, to assure them that they will not be displaced.
“This third pier will incidentally will take up a part of the Fisheries and Point Wharf so we tend to have a number of consultations with the fishermen to let them know that there will be some impact on the space there…we may have to shift the boats which utilize the wharf wall and shit them westwards. They can be assured however, that there will be no displacement and that they will enjoy facilities of the equivalent or even better,” he noted.
The country’s leader said that other neighboring country’s was allowed to surpass the twin island state as it relates to tourism and it is the goal of hid administration to return Antigua and Barbuda back to the front line.
He noted that their intention is to ultimately provide a living standard for residents that are second to none.