Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer
Business interests in Montego Bay are concerned with the state of the city's shipping facility and want the Government to pursue a similar arrangement to that made between the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) in the establishment of the Falmouth Pier.
"Not much has been heard about the plan to expand the port after it was announced years ago," said Davon Crump, businessman and immediate past president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "Quite frankly, the port's infrastructure is woefully inadequate for meeting the demands of any possible increase in vessel activities and requires a lot of capital."
"Like many other proposed government projects, this can only be realised through public-private partnerships, but if it worked for RCCL and Falmouth, a similar arrangement could be forged with our facility and another such company," Crump added.
Nathan Robb, Crump's successor at the Montego Bay Chamber, agrees that such a partnership would be key and warned that his group would be keeping a close eye on the situation.
"The Montego Bay Chamber will not allow the port of Montego Bay to become a glorified yatch club," Robb declared in an interview with The Gleaner Monday. "We must improve both cargo and cruise facilities at the port in order to see returns on our investments."