Tuesday 29 September, 2020

New completion date for Saba harbor

A delegation, including representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Public Entity Saba, visited the area overlooking the Giles Quarter area, locally known as Black Rocks, in January this year. Photo: Public Entity Saba

A delegation, including representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Public Entity Saba, visited the area overlooking the Giles Quarter area, locally known as Black Rocks, in January this year. Photo: Public Entity Saba

As global travel routes have begun to reopen, officials on Saba can now commence the final preliminary research project for the construction of a new harbor.

The Public Entity Saba said a tender for the project may be sent out in early 2021 but this is dependent on restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Contracts for the new US$30million harbor, which is proposed to be located in the Giles Quarter area, may be signed in mid-2021.

The coming months will be marked by the completion of the research phase, development of partial designs and the tendering process.

“The environmental impact assessment and preliminary archaeological research have progressed at a steady pace in the past months. The environmental impact assessment has been almost completed and plans are currently being made with the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) to protect the rare corals in the work area,” the Public Entity stated.

“A pilot for the relocation of coral is being planned and it is expected that there is sufficient local experience to be able to carry out at least part of the work with local parties, in particular with SCF. Archaeological research and on-site test excavations will commence shortly. The archaeologist's visit is currently being prepared and will take place as soon as possible.”

Dutch company, Geotron, will continue its soil investigation and it will take about three weeks for the necessary data to be collected.

Once the soil analysis is completed, officials will then conduct a wave test.

Officials are also working with a local contractor to construct a temporary access route to the area.

The Public Entity notes this project, which is the largest ever to be undertaken in Saba’s history, will give a boost to the island’s overall development.

Construction of the harbor is expected to be completed in 2023.

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