The Unity Labour Party Manifesto 2015
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Our main seaports and our Cruise Ship Pier and Terminal are in urgent need for modernisation and development. Port Kingstown is some 60 years old, and its patched-up condition demands its relocation and modernisation. The Campden Park Container Port, our main container port handling 80 percent of the container cargo, though built about 20 years, was so badly constructed that its limitations and weaknesses are glaring. The Cruise Ship Pier, which was built less than 20 years ago, needs to be extended by some 50 metres, relocated and modernised, to be able to accommodate the type of cruise ships which will be plying the Caribbean in the immediate future. The ports in the Grenadine Islands of Bequia, Canouan, and Union Island require major upgrade and development. All of these issues are on the front-burner of the ULP’s agenda.
Already, the ULP government has in hand the first phase of a study by international consultants procured through a soft-loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to relocate Port Kingstown to the western end of the city close to Rose Place, and modernise it. This option has an estimated price tag of some US $55 million to be financed possibly through a public-private partnership. The second phase of the CDB-financed study is currently looking at the Cruise Ship Pier’s Relocation to Arnos Vale. Meanwhile, the SVG Port Authority is in discussions with potential overseas investors on the relocation and modernisation of the Port and Cruise Ship Pier. The Port Authority also is currently pursuing, actively, plans to achieve these goals. Additionally, the government is in advanced discussion with the Canouan Developers to build a new port facility in Canouan.
In its fourth term, the ULP government will:
✔ Conclude the plans for, and commence the construction of, a modern port to replace the existing Port Kingstown;
✔ Embark, in conjunction with local and overseas investors, the commercial development of the lands currently occupied at Port Kingstown, following the relocation;
✔ Extend, modernise, and relocate the Cruise Ship Pier to accommodate the large cruise ships and expand the Terminal facilities, at a new location at Arnos Vale;
✔ Build an upgraded port facility at Canouan and repair/ reconstruct the ports at Port Elizabeth, Bequia, and at Clifton, Union Island;
✔ Explore actively plans to build a Cruise Ship Facility in North Leeward;
✔ Continue the process of restructuring the SVG Port Authority to better deliver its services to its customers;
✔ Utilise the Campden Park Container Port as a possible transhipment depot and ancillary facility when the modernised, relocated port is built;
✔ Continue the provision of very generous fiscal incentives and support to the private sector to acquire and operate inter-island and regional fast ferries and ships/vessels. Special arrangements and help are available for those which ply between the Grenadine islands and St. Vincent;
✔ Strengthen further the division of Maritime Administration in St. Vincent and the Grenadines which was established by the ULP government;
✔ Work assiduously with the OECS and CARICOM to ensure the demarcation of our country’s maritime boundaries;
✔ Continue to expand and beef up the SVG Coast Guard and its facilities; and enhance further the coordination of Coast Guard operations through the Regional Security System (RSS).