More ships to home-port in MoBay
Two additional cruise ships are expected to begin home-porting in Montego Bay, St James, in the next winter season, bringing to seven the number of vessels that will be involved in that arrangement.
Vice president of cruise shipping and marina operations at the Port Authority of Jamaica, William Tatham said St James should reap significant economic benefits from home-porting in Montego Bay.
He said traditionally cruise ports are idle on weekends, but with the increase in home-port vessels, the facilities will be occupied from Friday to Tuesday, which will take place simultaneously with the midweek port-of-call operations.
Tatham said one of the benefits will be additional jobs to support the vessels while in port.
"When a port-of-call vessel comes in, the passengers get off, go out on tour, and shop, whereas, in home-porting, there is ground transportation as people are flying in (to board the vessels). There are a lot of charters coming in to 'feed' the ships, so there are more jobs at the airport," he noted.
He indicated that the Mein Schiff 4, a German cruise vessel, will make its maiden voyage into Montego Bay and will become the largest ship that the port will accommodate under its home-porting arrangements.