An Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Update for the proposed cruise berthing and cargo enhanced facility was submitted to the Cayman Islands Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) on Tuesday 21st January, confirmed the Cayman Islands Government.
The scoping update document was authored by Baird, the lead consultant contracted by the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport to execute the initial 2015 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and submitted by Verdant Isle Port Partners (Verdant), the preferred bidders for the proposed project.
It takes into consideration the revised design of the proposed cruise berthing and cargo enhancement project submitted by Verdant after being announced as the preferred bidder in 2019.
The initial 2015 EIA was developed as part of the original RFP process.
According to a press release, the Cayman Islands Government has engaged Royal Haskoning DHV, an independent, international project management, engineering and environmental consultancy service provider with more than 35 years’ experience in delivering Environmental and Social Consultancy Services worldwide to conduct a peer review of the EIA Scoping Update.
The submission of the Scoping Update represents the next stage in a series of agreed project phases that must occur before Verdant can apply for the Coastal Works Permits associated with the Construction Activities. This process is also subject to the outcome of the referendum.
Additional studies are scheduled to take place under an ‘Early Works Agreement’ currently being finalised.