FULL STEAM AHEAD
Written by George Grant on June 25, 2014
CARRIACOU MARINA PROJECT TO BE COMPLETED EARLY IN 2016
St. George — Word coming out of Carriacou is that the much anticipated multi-million dollar Tyrell Bay Marina Project on the sister isle is about to take off, after more than a decade in the making.
A re-designed and impressive looking project was presented to the public last week Saturday June 21st at its location in Harvey Vale. If all goes to plan, the project, costing in excess of US$ 20 million will be completed in 18 months. Hundreds were on site for the project, which will be a shot in the arm for Yachting in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
The venture, which was approved in 2001, is now well underway following major challenges including hurricanes Ivan and Emily in 2004 some 10 months apart and strong objection by the National Democratic Government (NDC) government, which halted the project after taking office in 2008.
According to Project Developer Grenadian Jerome Mc Quilkin the project will include shops, workshops, all the supply industries, support industries, chandlery, electrical shops, carpenters shops — the entire range of activities that you need to support a marina of this size.”
He indicated that the Marina will be able to accommodate more than 400 boats and will be equipped to ensure that the country gets a bigger piece of the lucrative Yachting Industry, noting that the statistics for Grenada are startling when compared to other regional countries.
According to the latest statistics between 5,000 and 10, 000 visitors using yachts passed through Grenada between 2009 and 2012, as against between 5,000 and 40,000 who visited St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Tyrell Bay Marina Project when completed will provide 125 direct jobs and 300 additional jobs. It is expected to be completed early in 2016.