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Global Ports Holding, BCA partner to increase opportunities for local contractors

The Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) and Global Ports Holding (GPH) have formalized a partnership in an effort to increase the participation of BCA members in regards to the redevelopment of Nassau’s cruise port.

In a statement released yesterday, both the BCA and GPH committed to the collaboration effort.

“The group discussed potential opportunities for BCA members to participate in the redevelopment of Prince George Wharf,” the statement notes.

“Global Ports Holding executive Colin Murphy reinforced the company’s commitment to collaborating with local stakeholders like the BCA in recognition of the level of professionalism and expertise among its members, as was emphasized by Michael Pratt, president of the BCA.

“The BCA looks forward to working with Global Ports Holding and is pleased to mark the beginning of what we anticipate to be a strong and positive partnership,” said Pratt.

Colin Murphy, head of business development for the Americas for GPH, said recently that the majority of work done on the port is expected to be carried out by Bahamians.

The port is expected to cost $250 million, and Murphy explained that most of that money will be spent outside of expanding the cruise berths.

He said the lion’s share of the money will be spent developing facilities that will create a destination with activities and restaurants for cruise guests, hotel guests and Bahamians to visit.

Murphy could not say how many construction jobs will be created, but said the project will be “a significant job creator”.

“Everyone who works on the port will be Bahamian,” he said. “We may bring in some expertise from our other ports.”

The BCA has been lobbying government for some time to get a meaningful seat at the table when large, foreign-led investment projects like the cruise port come to fruition.

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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