By J Brock (FINN)
After an extensive global procurement process, FIG has announced the completion and signing of a contract with BAM Nuttall for the design and build of a new port in Stanley Harbour.
The existing port will be replaced
Following the announcement that BAM Nuttall had been selected as development partner in February 2020, Development and Commercial Services portfolio holder, MLA Dr Barry Elsby, welcomed the contract signing.
“Whilst COVID-19 may be dominating our thoughts at this time, we will be ready to start work with BAM Nuttall on the first steps towards delivering this vital national infrastructure once the restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted. The absolute need for a new port to support our fishing and other industries remains,” said Dr the Hon Barry Elsby.
“BAM is proud to be working with the Falkland Islands Government to develop a new port that will support the local economy, including fishing, tourism and shipping, and facilitate for future forecasted economic growth. We’re drawing on our extensive UK and global experience of delivering maritime works in live environments, including Rothera Wharf for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Construction Partnership,” said Martin Bellamy, BAM Nuttall’s Managing Director.
He went on to say that BAM is focused on protecting people, the environment and wildlife. This commitment has influenced the proposed project approach and construction methods. We look forward to initially engaging with the key stakeholders and working with the Falkland Islanders to develop such a critical piece of infrastructure.
When completed, the facility will be in the vicinity of the current port in Stanley Harbour, offering new facilities that will benefit key users in the fishing, tourism and shipping sectors, as well as many other parts of the economy, said the press release issued by FIG on April 6th.
Due to precautions related to Covid-19, stakeholder engagement with key industry sectors will not begin immediately. The situation will be kept under review, with a view to starting as soon as practicable.