Premier & Ministers View Construction Progress

March 19, 2015

Earlier today [March 19], the Premier Michael Dunkley, Minister of Public Works Craig Cannonier, and the Minister of Economic Development Dr. Grant Gibbons conducted a site visit in Dockyard to get an update on several projects taking place in the area.

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Currently Dockyard is a hub of construction activity, with work underway to prepare Dockyard for the America’s Cup, as well as work being done to repair Kings Wharf, which was damaged during Hurricane Gonzalo.

The Premier and Ministers had an opportunity to view the South Basin dock where construction is being done for the Oracle team bases. They also had an opportunity to review additional refurbishment works taking place on some of the older buildings in Dockyard for America’s Cup purposes.

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Meanwhile, construction to repair Kings Wharf have been ongoing since Hurricane Gonzalo, and according to technical officers within the Ministry of Public Works the “works are progressing well in advance of the forthcoming cruise ship season”.

Premier Dunkley said today, “My Ministerial colleagues and I were very pleased to visit Dockyard to assess the construction progress for Kings Wharf and the America’s Cup. Dockyard is certainly a hub of construction activity and it was gratifying to see Bermudians hard at work preparing the area for the cruise ship season. I want to commend Crisson Construction, the main contractors at Kings Wharf, and the team of technical officers at the Ministry of Public Works who are doing a stellar job in getting things done in a swift and professional manner.

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“We also appreciated having an opportunity to see the works taking place regarding the America’s Cup. The America’s Cup development in Dockyard represents a significant investment by the Government as well as the America’s Cup Event Authority towards the transformation and restoration of Dockyard. As has been said previously all the development associated with the America’s Cup is designed to be sustainable and in the best long-term interests of Bermuda. So it was exciting to see the reality of the America’s Cup infrastructure taking shape first hand.”

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Today’s site visit was led by West End Development Company [WEDCO] General Manager Andrew Dias. Also present today was Jasmin Smith, the Government’s America’s Cup Liaison Officer, Peter Durhager, the ACBDA Chairman and Alan Burland president of BCM McAlpine.

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  1. Rasta says:

    It is nice to see the same construction companies getting all the work.

    • sound view says:

      ssssssh. Don’t you know you’re not supposed to say that now !?

      • LiarLiar says:

        Say what?

        Crisson and Co. is repairing the dock from Gonzalo. The same dock they worked on to fix the same dock in 2013.

        What other marine contractor should they have used?

        Do you guys ever get tired?

        • LiarLiar says:

          * The same dock they repaired in 2013

        • TonyC says:

          They fixed Correias screw ups on Heritage, Not Kings.

      • Mockingjay says:

        Make sure we’re on our best behavior up that way, we don’t want to get banned.

      • Raymond Ray says:

        Who’s to say they, (Crisson Construction) aren’t subcontracting work out to others?

        • Mark says:

          If you talk to the other companies you’ll get your answer but you should put a hardhat on first.

    • TonyC says:

      Other than BCM McAlpine, who aren’t a contractor, the article doesn’t make any comment about who the contractors are. Care to tell us?

      I would be more concerned over the complete lack of safety gear worn by anyone other than the workforce.

      • Mark says:

        Surely if you know how the hospital build went this is an easy predict.

        Safety gear doesn’t look as cool in a photo op.

    • Concerned Bermudian says:

      Great idea lets use the company that built the arm last time that we are now fixing because they were so good then. Hey maybe these guys will be on time and on budget.

  2. ivory tower says:

    Whom ever they are they better get a move on!!

  3. Terry says:

    Hope the work lasts longer than the last or were all gonna come out last.
    Would give another new meaning to Red sky in the morning sailor take warning.

  4. chopsy says:

    exciting times! Go Bermuda!

  5. swing voter says:

    build it right this time and maybe I won’t say anything more!

  6. Boston Baked Bean says:

    I’m pleased to see all the new work being done at Dockyard; however, one has to wonder why it took the America’s Cup to get things started.
    Are we not important enough?

    • Billy Mays says:

      Well, it actually COSTS MONEY… so there’s that… Were you going to foot the bill?

      • Mark says:

        Yup! Lots of burrowed money that we will have to pay lots of interest on for years and years to come. All on inequitable premisses. I guess some just couldn’t wait for the gambling act to pass before spinning the roulette.

    • ivory tower says:

      no we are not.

  7. Longtaill says:

    Since we are talking about dockyard… we need to clean all that junk along the dock on the bottom road, its full of rotten ships and boats… looks like a junk yard… could build a mini water park there even….

  8. Mark says:

    Is Larry Ellison pitching in for his teams base or do we have to pay for it from our pockets?

    • Hon. Michael H Dunkley J.P, M.P says:

      Good Morning, In reply to Boston Baked Bean, work was in progress to renovate Dockyard before the decision to bring the America’s Cup to Bda , the event is a further catalyst. Mark, Oracle is paying for their base.

  9. Oh,I see now says:

    Getting those people out of their homes in dockyard in order to replace them with new structures instead of renovating we thought was a waste of time.The funny thing about time is the eventual revelation of the future and that future is the Americas Cup.This thing has been in the pipeline it seems for a while although I was amused at the hoopla put on when we were chosen…….wink. wink.

  10. bermudaglobetrottersdotcom says:

    Dockyard is plenty important. As are other parts of the island. Repairs take time and money, with countless engineering aspects to be considered.

    Bermudians need to be more realistic, and speak from a place of understanding not ignorance.