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Global Ports Ceo Hails Port Deal As Economic Bonanza

How the new waterfront could look, according to plans submitted in the Global Ports Holding proposal.

How the new waterfront could look, according to plans submitted in the Global Ports Holding proposal.

By Natario McKenzie

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

GLOBAL Ports Holding’s chief executive said yesterday the developer’s $250m ‘transformation’ of Nassau cruise port will generate billions of dollars for the local economy and thousands of jobs for Bahamians.

Speaking with Tribune Business on the sidelines of the signing ceremony of the port deal yesterday between Global Ports Holding and The Bahamas government, Emre Sayin said cruise passengers will be exposed to a much improved experience which will generate greater cruise passenger spend.

“We will be investing $250 million in the construction and renovation of the port but over the 25 years we operate the cruise port it is going to bring billions of dollars into the economy and create thousands of jobs," said Mr Sayin.

"What we also want to do together with the government and people of Nassau is make this the beginning of the transformation of the entire downtown district. We designed the port to integrate with the city. We talked to all stakeholders and will continent to do so as we approach the end of the design phase."

Global Ports Holding, the UK-listed, Turkish-headquartered operator of 16 cruise ports spread throughout the Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific and Atlantic regions, was unveiled in February as the preferred bidder to take over Prince George Wharf’s management and operations, and oversee its redevelopment.

“We expect to start operating the port very soon. I would start tomorrow if it was up to me," said Mr Sayin.

"We expect to finalise our designs hopefully before this year is over and then start construction. The construction could take two years. The operations will continue.

"I ask the people of Nassau for patience and support because it will be a difficult period for all of us but we will do everything in our power to ensure there is no hinderance of operations. Once we finish the project I think we will see something we are all proud of.".

Mr Sayin told Tribune Business that all retail and service providers within the port area will be given the opportunity to continue their operations.

“That’s a given," he said. "Moreover we will make sure that everyone who sell, serve and work in the port will be 100 per cent Bahamian-owned. When I talk about Bahamian-owned I also mean a no fence policy for the front part of the port that we develop - the waterfront- so that people come on cruise ships can easily go into the town and at night the people of Nassau can come to the waterfront.”

He added: “Nassau used to be one of the funkiest towns in this part of the world not so long ago and we want to contribute to Nassau’s revival and turn this port into a very charming attraction or the cruise industry, eventually increasing its importance for the cruise lines and cruise passengers.

"What happens in the port is only the tip of the iceberg. The cruise tourists that we bring, the satisfaction that will be provided will translate into direct and indirect economic benefit for the whole city and it may benefit other islands as well.”

Comments

birdiestrachan 1 month, 3 weeks ago

It is my hope that this is not another BTC deal?/ considering the source doc. it very well may be.

Is Mr. Maura from the Arawak cay port a part of this??,

Doc seems to be selling the Bahamas for a cold bowl of porridge.

Dumb and dangerous indeed.

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Dawes 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I think most people agree the decision on NAD is a benefit to the country as the airport is a lot cleaner all the time and operates well. Hopefully this will be the case with Global Ports. Yes there will always be someone who complains about giving away our brithright, even though the benefits should be much more then we get now. Others will say we could do this, but we've had decades and havent so lets try something else.

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TalRussell 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The extra terrestrial comrades ship from Global Ports, must've docked - having forgotten brungs along share populaces at-large, the secretive internal list likes, who exactly are they talking about receiving bulk economic Bonanza, yes, no.... Did they do an abduction or adoption comrade Mike .... If it has mention 'port' in it - there's Mike's, all smiley face ....

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birdiestrachan 1 month, 3 weeks ago

eleven families own 40 % of the shipping port. The whole Bahamas Government 40% and about 30 thousand Bahamians. own 20% remember the FNM papa loan civil servants money to buy shares. do the math they receive very little in dividends

Is doc doing the same again. and is Mr. Maura from Arawak port front and center. it seems as if the other bidders never had a chance.

But it is the peoples time. Good for all of them

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proudloudandfnm 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I cannot believe they gave ADP this too...

Truly is time to get rid of the PLP and the FNM.....

Damn. Another monopoly for the already filthy rich....

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