19th June, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSSFM) – The excavator that toppled into the sea on 8th June, 2018 was finally recovered yesterday, 18th June, exactly ten days later.
The machine was carrying out work on the second cruise ship pier which under construction at Port Zante.
Photos have surfaced showing a barge removing the heavy duty excavator.
The heavy machine fell sank into the ocean while attempting to remove a huge boulder that protected the bulkhead at Port Zante.
The operator of the excavator, who was in the vehicle at the time of the accident, was temporarily inside after it plunged into the sea. Sources disclosed that the driver kicked out the glass window on the vehicle in order to escape.
All work on the pier came to a halt after the accident ten days ago.
Although the accident is now common knowledge, there still has been no comment concerning it by the contractors of the controversial project, the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), Minister of Infrastructure, Hon. Ian “Patches” Liburd, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Lindsay Grant, Minister of Labour, Hon. Vance Amory or the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
The second pier will cost tax payers in the Federation a whopping EC$129.6 million under the Timothy Harris-led government. This figure is an EC$43.2 million increase from the original EC$86.4 million budgeted for the project by the former St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party administration.