America’s Cup Cross Island: “Major Milestone”

October 7, 2016

The first phase of Cross Island – the land reclamation project in Dockyard – has been completed ahead of schedule and on budget, marking a “major milestone” in Bermuda’s deliverables for the 35th America’s Cup, officials said today.

While the infill phase has been completed, the next part of the project involves installing the infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewage and telecommunications before the new nine-acres of land is handed over to the America’s Cup Event Authority, who will create the Event Village for the 35th America’s Cup.

The overall village site will also hold the team bases for Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France, alongside the bases for Oracle Team USA and SoftBank Team Japan, which have been operational for some time.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing will have bases on Cross Island and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, the media centre and the various hospitality facilities will also be located on the infill site.

Minister Craig Cannonier, Ray Charlton, Chairman of WEDCO, Peter Durhager, Chairman, ACBDA, Minister Dr Grant Gibbons and Sir Russell Coutts, CEO, ACEA:

AC Celebrates Cross Island Major Milestone Bermuda October 2016

Peter Durhager, Chairman, ACBDA, said, “The Cross Island project was a collaborative effort between the stakeholders of America’s Cup Bermuda, WEDCO, Ministry of Public Works, Planning Department, our Construction Managers BCM McAlpine and a range of vendors and contractors, local and international.

“It wouldn’t have been possible to complete a project of this scale ahead of schedule and on budget without the concerted effort of these agencies. On behalf of the ACBDA, I would like to thank everyone who was involved in helping us to achieve this significant milestone.”

A spokesperson said, “The project began last November when a portion of the South Basin was filled with seven shiploads of granite. The aggregate came to the island on the MV Balder, a specialised ship that allowed the fill material to be offloaded by conveyer belt into the South Basin.

“The total amount was 310,000 cubic yards of aggregate – 165,000 cubic yards of granite from a quarry in New Brunswick and 145,000 cubic yards from last year’s dredging project by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines [RCCL]. That project was part of multi-year contract between Bermuda Tourism Authority and RCCL to accommodate large RCCL cruise ship visits to Dockyard.

“The Balder was one of the largest vessels to have ever sailed into the South Basin and the process involved two highly specialized tractor tugs to assist the vessel entering and departing. The tugs were assisted by staff from the Department of Marine and Ports.”

Time lapse video of Cross Island

Dr. Grant Gibbons, Minister of Economic Development, said, “This milestone shows what Bermuda can accomplish when we set our minds to a task and work together. I congratulate and thank everyone involved in ensuring that Bermuda honours our commitments.

” We are proud of our relationship and partnership with the America’s Cup and look forward to welcoming the remaining America’s Cup teams, sponsors, fans and visitors for the 35th America’s Cup.”

“The infrastructure portion of the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with the Event Village taking shape soon after. While the first use of the space will be for the America’s Cup, a process is underway to ensure the long-term deployment of this land by WEDCO for lasting legacy and value.”

Andrew Dias, General Manager, WEDCO, said, “This project had been in the pipeline for quite some time and its completion is a dream come true for WEDCO. Our focus going forward is to create a lasting legacy for Cross Island.

“We have received hundreds of submissions as part of our long-term strategic planning for the further development and use of this wonderful waterfront resource following the America’s Cup and I look forward to helping to make some of those ideas reality.”

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  1. O.M.G says:

    Keep up the good work

  2. Let's Go Bermuda says:

    Well done team Bermuda #letsgobermuda keep up the good work #ac2017

  3. Enough Already says:

    so this americas cup deal is a one shot ride i seem to remember that this could become “home base” for future cups should Oracle win they will come back in whatever year??

    • Person who knows a little says:

      if oracle wins Bermuda gets first dibs on hosting the cup again. If anyone else wins then they can take the cup wherever they want

  4. my friend says:

    well than i guess they got around the whole island site being short 4 feet short of dirt for the whole isnand

    • SMH! says:

      What a load of nonsense!

      • And de island is being overgrown with vegetation.

        • Ann says:

          That has nothing to do with the AC, that is civil service that has way to much management and NO workers. Wonder how and when that happened ?

      • My friend says:

        Why do u think the lowest part of the island is the center grassy area how would that work out

  5. Ann says:

    When news articles are above ones intelligence level, you shouldn’t comment. Save them for when we have another real money maker like Beyone, or Love Fest. Go watch the Kardashians, that fits the intellect of some who post on this thing.

  6. the real Terry says:

    Hey @onion juice, what is the hardest thing for you to understand, “on time” or “on budget” certainly never heard them when you “ace boys” were in power lol

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  8. Boater says:

    $40 million and the govt still don’t know what the land is going to be used for.