JET demands details on Port Royal cruise ship pier

Suzanne Stanley, CEO, Jamaica Environment Trust


The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is urging the government to provide details on the Port Royal cruise port development project.

In a news release on Monday, JET said it was concerned about the lack of  information in the public domain regarding the government's plans for the cruise ship pier.

JET says the pier is proposed to be installed at the Old Coal Wharf in the Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area and metres away from a proposed World Heritage Site – Port Royal.

Suzanne Stanley, Chief Executive Officer of JET, told RJR News that activities surrounding the cruise ship pier could affect the already fragile ecosystem.

"It's not just about the pier structure itself, it's about all of the associated infrastructure and activities that go along with a cruise ship terminal and the impact that that could have on the protected area," she said.

She said, despite requests for information from the Port Authority of Jamaica and the National Environment and Planning Agency, not much information has been forthcoming.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced via Twitter last week that construction of the SeaWalk floating pier system been completed by the overseas developer and was on its way to Jamaica for installation shortly.



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