MV Klipper Stream Captain, Gerard Flippo (left) and Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority, Benoit Bardouille

MV Klipper Stream Captain, Gerard Flippo (left) and Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority, Benoit Bardouille

Major improvements are on the cards for the Woodbridge Bay Port at Fond Cole, according to Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille.

Bardouille made the announcement at a small ceremony on board the MV Klipper when it arrived in Dominica this week.

The DASPA head said the Venezuelan Government has made US$12.5M available to Dominica to improve the physical structure of the port.

“We have engaged a company with a contractual obligation here of US$12.5 million to do repairs to the physical structure of the wharf with the compliments of the Government of Dominica through the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela and Petro Caribe.”

He revealed that there are more plans for Woodbridge Bay Port. But while these plans are still being developed, Bardouille revealed that the intention is to develop a modern port that would facilitate the quick loading and offloading of vessels that dock there.

“I would like to see that we will have the facilities here in Dominica where wave action would not hamper the ship loading or offloading in port,” Bardouillle stated.

Referring to a relationship that extends over several decades, Bardouille said Dominica looks forward to doing more business with Geest Line.

General Manager of H.H.V. Whitchurch and Company Ltd Gerry Aird said Whitchurch became the agent for Geest Line in 1998.

He said Geest has done a lot for Dominica, providing an efficient service of bringing cargo in and taking bananas out.

The MV Klipper Stream is one of four specialist refrigerated (reefer) vessels which has been under charter to Geest Line since 2008.