New York Times - Ships and Shipping

Monday, 8 October 2012

Guernsey cruise liner berth 'could increase income'

A cruise liner berth in Guernsey could increase income for the island and see more tourists visiting, a transport expert has said.

Guernsey harbour
Currently cruise liners must remain at sea when visiting Guernsey

Prof Stuart Cole, from the University of Glamorgan, said the move could bring in about £9m for the local economy.
He has worked on a similar project for the Welsh government in Holyhead, in North Wales.
The States of Guernsey is looking at whether the island needs a dock for cruise ships.
Currently cruise liners must remain at sea when visiting Guernsey.
Prof Cole said: "They [cruise companies] don't want to be anchored in a harbour because they have to use their tender or hire boats to transport passengers and if the weather's bad they can't unload.
"If they tie up at a quayside they can carry out repairs, refuel and buy food and drinks which brings money to the local economy."
Big rewards predicted
He added building a new berth would be an "expensive proposition".
He said: "To build a new jetty [in North Wales] we've estimated it would cost £30-40m and I've seen a similar figure quoted for St Peter Port."
However, one 3,500 tonne ship a week, that would dock at a large quayside, could bring in about £9m to the local economy, he added.
Earlier, Peter Shanks, president and managing director of shipping line Cunard, said a berth would allow for more visits by ships.
In February 2012, the States of Guernsey decided to investigate the business case for constructing a cruise liner berth.
In recommending the research, the Public Services Department estimated the cost at £25-£80m, depending on the type and location of facility built.
Source: BBC, UK.

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