Second Mega Pier on schedule
WILLEMSTAD - The construction of the second mega pier is on schedule. This is according to the Minister of Economic Development, Stanley Palm. This pier, which has been named after the hero of the local slave revolution Tula, need to be delivered in the first half of 2017.
Recently a number of test drillings took place on the spot where the second mega pier should come. These have been completed, says Palm. The specifications and conditions are ready and the public tender will be held soon.
“We have to wait now on the bids of the contractors,” said Palm. It is expected that the construction of the pier will begin on November 1 of this year.
“Construction will take about fifteen months, but we are working according to the so-called 'design and build' method,” said Palm. It should be feasible, according to the minister, to deliver the mega pier in the first half of 2017. The deadline for the second mega pier was actually in 2016.
There is an amount of forty million dollars invested in this project. The Tula-pier comes in the so-called Cruise Village.
In the first instance, the Caracasbaai peninsula was considered as the location for the second mega pier, but ultimately the government has chosen for a location closer to the historic city of Willemstad. “It’s the town, we have everything there and it is more favorable,” said the Minister.
“The location were the second mega pier will be built, should be an area where the community of Curaçao can go to enjoy. This was one of the conditions set for the project,” said Palm.