Antigua - After a brief snag, work forges ahead on new cruise pier
Construction of the new cruise pier in St. John's, Antigua, is moving full speed ahead after brief delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Meridian Construction, the marine contractor leading the pier expansion, with the exception of the suspension of construction activity during the first 10 days of the government curfew and a few manufacturer delays caused by COVID-19, the majority of the project components are on schedule. The construction team continues to work toward finalizing the pier in anticipation of the handover to Global Ports Holding.
One month dredging delay
The project is about 60% complete but a slight delay is anticipated. The ship berthing area has been dredged to almost 50% of the required depth. This activity was scheduled to be completed in mid-June but may be delayed by about one month. On completion, the harbor will be dredged to a depth of 10.7 meters.
Antigua Cruise Port is being redeveloped through a 30-year lease agreement between the government of Antigua & Barbuda and Global Ports Holding. On completion, St. John's will have a new pier that can accommodate cruising's biggest ships, which will make it possible for the port to serve as many as 1m passengers per year, up from 800,000 now. The port will also have new retail and food and beverage facilities, plus an additional 50,000 square feet of commercial space to be leased to Antiguans and Barbudans.
Work commenced in October 2019.