Ports suffer $51-million Hurricane Maria damages

Bardouille at a press conference earlier this week

The damage to Dominica’s port infrastructure due to Hurricane Maria amounts to $51-million, CEO of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority, Benoit Bardouille has announced.

Speaking at a press conference he said the Cruise Ship Berth in Roseau was damaged by the hurricane.

“We suffered damage at the Cruise Ship Berth and I say we are working feverishly to bring the Cruise Ship Berth in Roseau back in operation, hopefully in January of 2018,” he stated. “We are working alongside with several partners including the Ministry of Tourism so that we can again receive ships.”

Bardouille stated that the ferry terminal was also damaged.

“We are using the ferry terminal despite all the damages suffered there but we are trying to do it as safely as possible,” he noted.

He stated that the pier at the Woodbridge Bay Port did not suffer any damage because the government had invested US$12.5-million recently on repairs.

“I believe it is significant because hadn’t that job not been done, I think we would have been in a different situation today…” he noted.

He said the situation was so bad before the repairs, a weight limitation was placed on the pier at the port.

“Our fear was if we are going to take a hurricane, no matter whether it was a category one or two we may suffer loss of the pier, the pier would just disappear and lucky for us, like I said the money was spent and well spent in terms of putting the necessary repairs and we did not have any damage of any sort to the port in terms of the pier that we are operating,” Bardouille remarked.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Just Cool
    November 30, 2017

    Antigua leading a delegation to China for the signing of 100 USmillion deep water harbor n increasing capacity for mega cruises but bad will said we need 51million US to fix d jetty n the ferry terminal.. Like our estimates in DCa are very astronomical for the quality & size of work :( :(

  2. Francois
    November 29, 2017

    What is the situation at Anse-de-Mai? I have been arguing for years to have the port there refurbished to provide the north-east sector of Dominica with a decent access to the sea – especially in difficult times

  3. marie-claire R Skerrit
    November 29, 2017

    I want to understand where are all these numbers coming from. Little Dominica that don’t have that much high-tech state of the art facilities yet you all spending all these monies and there are no evidence of that expense as it relates to advancements etc. Bardouille and these croaked folks smh

    • indira Ghandi
      November 29, 2017

      Please expkain to us how you arrived at that figure.
      All you just quoting figures .

  4. Francois
    November 29, 2017

    What is the situation at Anse-de-Mai? I have been arguing for years that the port there should be refurbished to allow the north-east sector of Dominica to have a decent access to the sea – especially in difficult times.

    • dee
      November 30, 2017

      I support this
      Anse- de- Mai have so much potential .

  5. Mouton Batalie
    November 29, 2017

    Questions:

    Can the Port insure any of its infrastructure?

    Is the Port self-sufficient enough to face the repairs and maintenance of the Port infrastructure?

    Who bears the cost of those repairs?

  6. RastarMarn
    November 28, 2017

    “We suffered damage at the Cruise Ship Berth and I say we are working feverishly to bring the Cruise Ship Berth in Roseau back in operation, hopefully in January of 2018,”

    You must be Joking, and a Madman!!!

    Garcon there’s still people with no place to lay their heads wi,,,

    Bring back the Cruise Ships for what, to see what, what attractions dat dere to entertain dem people that come,,,

    From Havana to Port of Spain, Wooddbridge Bay is the most unsuitable part for a that major Port,,,

    And what make you think people will pay to jump on a Boat to come Dominica when they have Grenada, St. Lucia and all them other islands they can go see,,,

    Brace yourself and accept the reality Woodbridge Bay is Not a Port it’s not even a Bay it’s just a coastline, if and when allyou spend the 51 million to rehabilitate that part of the coastline the next major weather front will cause the same damage again!!!

    They say people will never know how stupid One is if he/she never opens…

  7. Possie Direct
    November 28, 2017

    But Port did not even worth one million dollars how come they lose 51 million? Aliereza Monfared and Diezani Allison Madueke had their money hiding there man? Boy these people bad boy lol

    • indira Ghandi
      November 29, 2017

      I like this one.
      Really,what was the value of the port????

  8. Possie Cry
    November 28, 2017

    Once again. Develope the second town of Dominica. It is just a waited part of Dominica with alot of potential to move the country foward. The only place in Dominica to take a modern develop town now. No vision for Portsmouth. The entire harbour beaches wasted land and the list goes on. Had the governments of Dominica down that years ago they wouldn’t operated from Portsmouth after the huricane while working to get Roseau back on track. They love to put all their eggs in one basket which is Roseau.

    • Y U running 4?
      November 28, 2017

      I feel you but Portsmouth port is for the likes of Monfared to come in by night with their two suitcases. They will never develop it sorry. How will their friends come in to bring the money and…you already know

  9. Shameless
    November 28, 2017

    Who tell mister he important nuh? This man should be fired forthwith for incompetence. No one is interested in what mister has to say so its best he go silent. :twisted:

    Assertive like Mama Eugenia! :twisted:

  10. Anonymous
    November 28, 2017

    You mean to tell us that a vital structure like the port does not have its own standby generator when places like fort Young, Garraway and Whitchurch have? Come on Bardouille, this is the 21st. century. Dominica truly is in the dark ages.

    • 4Eva tru
      November 28, 2017

      So you mean to tell us you in dark ages to say that port doesn’t have generators. Where you get that story from and don’t publish stuff you don’t know. Port have generators. So don’t lie.

  11. Pamala
    November 28, 2017

    So let people pay there port duty we don’t need to hear u cry like it’s your home as u think :oops:

    • derp
      November 28, 2017

      port duty for what for slow, service taking for weeks to clear package that siting there….

      • November 28, 2017

        People will pay if they are getting good service and that’s the down fall,
        Dominicans are going to hear some outrageous amounts for different projects they claim needed to rebuilding it will keep us wondering because the contracts are given to companies out of Dominica.

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