Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said the Government remains committed to ensuring the development of this country’s various ports of entry.
He was speaking at a ceremony, which was held on Friday, to hand over three houses and forty-eight housing lots to residents of Noel in Sandy Bay.
Dr. Gonslves pointed out that the Port at Kingstown is about 60 years old and has had many repairs over the years. He said it needs to be upgraded and studies have been carried out, giving the Government several options in terms of location.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that the Cruise Ship Pier in Kingstown will have to be extended by 2018.
He said 80 percent of the cruise ships being built now will not be able to dock at Port Kingstown by 2018. He also explained that the Pier has to be extended by 50 metres, outwards and downwards.
Dr. Gonsalves said port development forms a major aspect of the government’s development agenda, particularly with the coming on stream of the Argyle International Airport.