Are you sick of tendering into Grand Cayman? Well, you are not alone. Unfortunately, it looks like we will continue to feel this way for even longer. Earlier today, Grand Cayman abandoned negotiations to build a berthing facility in Georgetown.
The Premier of Grand Cayman, McKeeva Bush, as well as the UK government had been in negotiations with China Harbor Engineering Company to build a multi-million dollar cruise facility in the popular tourist town of Georgetown. The negotiations began earlier last year, with the construction company laying out a plan that would lead to the construction of two piers in Georgetown and another one near the Turtle Farm in West Bay.
Sources say that the deal was very close to being finalized this past weekend when the UK government put a stop to the negotiations. UK government officials showed displeasure with the continuing negotiations regarding the cruise ship port, and ordered that negotiations be stopped. Government officials cited that a specific type of process had to be followed for projects of that nature, and that the construction company had not done so.
No information regarding the future of the cruise port project was given by any officials. So for now it looks like tendering will continue, and unfortunately Grand Cayman will not see the addition of any newer, larger ships to their island.
Header photo and Keep Calm poster: Mikey Faust