The recent allegations of financial shortfalls in the construction of the second cruise pier, at Port Zante, Basseterre, has been seemingly been corroborated by the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA).
Former Minister of Tourism Dwyer Astaphan had made allegations of cost overruns with the ongoing project.
Astaphan has alleged that US$7 million (EC$18.9 million) will be needed for more piles, more steel and more concrete to complete the construction of the second cruise ship pier.
SCASPA, in a statement made last weekend (April 18), has indicated that the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), which is the Prime Contractor for the project, “has made claims for additional works, under the General Conditions of Contract.”
“These claims are currently under the careful consideration by SCASPA’s consultant Project Managers, ADeB Consultants Ltd of Jamaica. It is not unusual in major infrastructure projects such as, the Second Cruise Pier Project for the Contractor to encounter situations which it believes gives rise to an entitlement to claim for additional works,” the release added.
There were no estimates given as to how much money has been requested for the additional claims.
The approach taken by SCASPA- to issue a statement only after Astaphan made his allegations- has sparked debate about proactivity and accountability within the body.
This was the first piece of communique, in relation to the second cruise pier, posted on the official Facebook page of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority.
SCASPA maintained that the relationship between the Contractor (CCC) and the Employer (SCASPA) continues to be professional and productive and that the Second Cruise Ship Pier Project is expected to be completed and handed over in September 2019.