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Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, has said that the government was considering relocating the Tinson Pen Aerodrome to the Caymanas area of St. Catherine.
The Minister, who was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, explained that the Port Authority of Jamaica is running out of space in its phased expansion of the Port of Kingston and has already begun to use sections of the lands on which the Tinson Pen Aerodrome is situated. “We are looking at relocating the facility to Caymanas,” the Minister said.
In the meantime, Mr. Henry praised Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority, Noel Hylton and his management team, for their administration of Jamaica’s sea ports.
Citing some of the achievements and developments in Jamaica’s maritime industry, the Transport Minister said that four new gantry cranes for handling shipping containers were commissioned into service in Kingston while cruise shipping has expanded significantly.
Port facilities, he highlighted, are being developed in Falmouth in preparation for the world’s largest cruise vessel, that will have 18 stories, to call at that port on its maiden voyage.
The Minister also mentioned that the Port Authority is anxious to commence the development of Fort Augusta as an extension of the Port of Kingston. He noted however that Cabinet has not yet done a review of the plans in the context of the overall port development plans and said, “how we deal with the Palisadoes strip is critical”.

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