The proposed site for the new $250 million Nassau Cruise Port, is almost cleared.
Work crews have been busy since this June demolishing the former Bahamas Customs Warehouse and Festival Place structures on Prince George Wharf and construction on the new multi-million-dollar port will begin at the end of the month. The work is expected to transform the nation’s city center and revive the local tourism industry.
Director of Projects and Facilities at the Nassau Cruise Port, Lionel Turnquest says that the large-scale project may cause some noise pollution, but they plan to do their best to manage the level of noise coming from the construction site.
“As of Monday, the 30th of November we will start seeing the first pile go into the ground. It’s a big deal for us as it is the first pile that is going in and you will know we’re here because as we call it the sound of the future.
“Once we start dropping those piles you will start hearing the hammers hammering them into the ground and it will be some disruption as far as noise is concerned to persons in the immediate area but obviously we are doing all the mitigation to maintain a noise level that is acceptable.” Turnquest said.
Global Ports Holding, the world’s largest cruise port operator is spearheading the transformation of the port. The two-year construction effort is expected to transform the Nassau cruise gateway into one of the great waterfronts of the world. The project involves the redevelopment of the port and local town of Nassau. Turnquest says the Covid-19 pandemic has forced executives to make several adjustments.
“We were in the middle of designs, or I’d say, commencing designs when Covid hit. Halfway through the design process we realized that Covid was not something that was going to go away, so we started adjusting the designs based on Covid requirements” he said.
“We have introduced a new health centre with quarantine facilities inside the ‘New Arrivals’ building. We have created the vendor stalls that are not only on an internal building they are on an external building so that there’s that social distancing we have as people move through the shops.”