While officially opening the Falmouth cruise port on, March 22 Prime Minister Bruce Golding noted that there is still a lot of work left to be done, chief among which is the investment in the expansion of the sewage capacity because with this development, Falmouth will come under additional stress.
Mr. Golding said there is also the completion of the new police station for Falmouth which was faced with various contractual problems but he noted that arrangements have been made with the Jamaica Defense Force through its engineering department to take over the construction of the station. The JDF engineering core will be on site to resume work on the project in April, he disclosed.
The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd organized the official opening of the US$269 million cruise port at the historic town of Falmouth on Tuesday March 22, with the maiden call by the Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship carrying over 6,000-passenger. The function saw a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the cruise ship. The tour was conducted by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, Richard Fain and saw Prime Minister Golding, joined by Ministers Mike Henry, Ed Bartlett, Christopher Tufton, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange and Daryl Vaz.
In his remarks at the opening, Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry announced the approval by Cabinet this week of the open skies agreement in which Jamaica is moving to have open skies with 46 countries. Five new countries were approved including Iceland, Kuwait and Ghana which he said will recognize the first umbilical connection with Africa as a direct flight into Jamaica. Mr. Henry heaped praises on all the stakeholders who played a key role in the success of the opening of the Falmouth port.
In his remarks, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, Richard Fain said, ‘We are not only proud of the physical facility but over the economic impact this will make,” Mr. Fain said. He noted that over 500 Jamaicans were actively employed on the project while it was under construction and that 300 will work in the operations of the port in the foreseeable future.
Issued by: The Office of the Prime Minister