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BVIPA to expand Port Purcell’s bulkhead to accommodate larger cargo vessels

The Port Purcell cargo facility on Tortola. (Photo credit: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/BVI News

The British Virgin Islands will soon have the capacity to berth larger cargo vessels at Port Purcell.

This is because of plans by the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) to expand the existing bulkhead at the facility.

The BVIPA said it is seeking companies or firms to design and build an extension that extends a minimum of 700 feet east of the existing bulkhead.

Among other things, the new bulkhead will be able to supply fresh water to the various vessels from the existing potable water infrastructure.

In its tender notice to interested contractors for the project, the Ports Authority said the bulkhead should be designed and constructed to comprise “sheet piles and reinforced concrete”.

“Along the bulkhead or quay, immediate approach and basin should be dredged to nine meters minimum water depth. The bulkhead should be able to accommodate vessels with a deadweight of 25,000 tones. This is inclusive of the installation of bollards appropriately spaced to allow for the safe mooring of vessels ranging from 150 to 600 feet in length,” the BVIPA said.

“The proposal must include documentary evidence of the geotechnical research necessary to support the design submitted. The design should facilitate proper drainage from the apron as well as drainage from within the Port Authority’s compound,” it added.

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  1. ok says:

    Will this affect the fisheries and that heavy equipment parking lot???

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  2. LOL says:

    MORE SPACE FOR TROPICAL TO STORE FREE CONTAINERS

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    • Nope says:

      Not under this government. Look at how many things are on the move in such a short time which makes you wonder what the previous administration were really doing for the last 3 years of their tenure.

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  3. Greg says:

    Who’s paying for it?

  4. No nonsense says:

    Ayo ain’t see the big picture yet! Another pier park over running. This time by a woman and the money going Long Look.

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  5. Lol says:

    Yep tropical shipping need to pay for storing those containers at our port.

  6. Lol says:

    Why them do not fix the building from staff having the staff working in bad conditions or the warehouse so the clients goods is not out the rain. The project is for someone pocket to get fat. I do not trust them. The board just walking around playing with ppl lifes because they feel they are untouchable. Governor we need help at the ports. Fahie his administration would not get my vote.

    • truth says:

      For real,Eixthe buildings them first from causing rain damage to people goods in leaking buildings and staff in bad working place first before bigger cargo ships only could make things get worst.

  7. Lol says:

    Why them do not fix the building for staff having the staff working in bad conditions or the warehouse so the clients goods is not out the rain. The project is for someone pocket to get fat. I do not trust them. The board just walking around playing with ppl lifes because they feel they are untouchable. Governor we need help at the ports. Fahie and his administration would not get my vote.

  8. REAL TALK says:

    I tired to go out there on a raing day and getting wet cargo which should be keep in a dry place.

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