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Govt Eyes Mayaguana For Panama Canal ‘Port’

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Renward Wells

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

A Cabinet Minister yesterday said he intends to “push” for Bahamian involvement in designing, constructing and managing Nassau’s cruise port, while revealing that the Government is exploring the possibility of a port in Mayaguana.

Renward Wells, the transport and local government minister, told the Bahamas Engineers, Architects & Allied Professionals (BEAAP) stakeholder forum: “Government intends to upgrade the Prince George Wharf and Potters Cay Dock. One of the things that is going to be pushed by me is the involvement of Bahamians in the design, management and construction of that cruise port.”

The deadline for bids to take over the Nassau cruise port’s management is today, and Mr Wells confirmed that a small number of Bahamian groups are also vying to take over operations at the Government’s newly-constructed Abaco commercial port.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for engineers as well, and those interested in expanding their horizon,” he said. “The Government is looking for a group to manage the port, but we want individuals who will bring the requisite experience because we don’t just want to offload it to anyone but someone who can operate a word-class shipping port.”

Mr Wells said the Government was exploring similar port development opportunities in the southern Bahamas, particularly Mayaguana - suggesting this could offer similar benefits to the Panama Canal.

“The canal allows shippers of commercial goods to save time and money with a shorter route. That opportunity is now also available to us in The Bahamas. Should the Government approve this port in Mayaguana it is going to be to the tune of billions of dollars,” the Minister said.

Mr Wells also spoke to the quality of The Bahamas’ ship registry. “The Bahamas has one of the largest and highest-quality shipping registries in the world, logging a total of some 1,680 ships registered under The Bahamas flag. The registry is only one part of a diverse Bahamas maritime offering,” he added.

Having recently been to Japan for the opening of this nation’s newest maritime office, Mr Wells said there was a “substantial amount” of interest from ship owners in that country. “We are looking to capitalise on that over the coming months,” he added. “The Bahamas Maritime Authority contributes some $6m to our consolidated fund and my goal is to at least double that.”

Comments

geostorm 1 week, 2 days ago

Yes, I was pleasantly surprised, but very proud while on a cruise in the Mediterranean this past summer to see our Bahamian flag being flown by many of the cruise liners.

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sheeprunner12 1 week, 2 days ago

WTF??????? .......... Mayaguana?????? ........... When Long Island is sitting right on the busiest transit route through the southern Bahamas?????? ........... Give me a break!!!!

Long Island needs that port to save this dying island .......... Mayaguana needs to find its FDI that was there for 10 years.

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ThisIsOurs 1 week ago

650 million LOI here we go

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proudloudandfnm 1 week ago

What the hell is a Panama canal port????

These dudes just make crap up...

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BahamaPundit 1 week ago

Maybe a Chinese military base for submarines and battleships. Is that what they talking bout?

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sheeprunner12 6 days, 18 hours ago

China owns the Panama Canal ....... and most of the assets in many of the Caribbean countries ...... Of course it would make sense for the Chinese to have a military port in the Caribbean .......... how do you spell Guantanamo in Chinese??????

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BahamaPundit 6 days, 18 hours ago

When I hear our cabinet ministers talking, I don't know if it's them talking or China talking.

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