UDP's George Town Committee Chairman
The new Port Authority Board will be chaired by United Democratic Party's (UDP) George Town Committee Chairman Stefan Baraud, who named cruise ship berths among his priorities, but said cargo handling would be moved out of town.
"The construction of new cruise berthing is imperative for the life of the industry," Mr Baraud
told Cayman Net News
"The big question is what it will look like and we will be looking at that."
He acknowledged that developments outlined during the last 10 months under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) among private developer Atlantic Star Ltd, the Port Authority and former People's Progressive Movement (PPM) Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford were largely dead, saying that the project needed to be rethought.
"My opinion is that we must have a complete separation of cargo and cruise, not just a quarter-of-a-mile or something, but a real separation," he
said a new cargo port would have to account for 20 years of anticipated demand.
"We have to do something because the Islands are growing and cargo demand is growing to meet the needs of Cayman
, and will only become greater," he
We have to think out of the box on this," Mr Baraud
said it was too early to name other board members, but described them as "a lot of young professional Caymanians, some of whom have a direct cruise tourism background and some without any at all, but the point is that they are all young professionals with the capability to do what needs to be done - and the board will have its hands full."
Mr Baraud said he hoped to meet with the former Chairman.
addressed proposals for West Bay docking facilities, saying they may go ahead, but on a smaller scale than in George Town.