BRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — The ministry of communications, works, energy and labour in Montserrat is advancing its plans for the implementation of the British territory’s port development project. The ministry, on Tuesday held a tenders meeting for the companies that are bidding for the technical consultancy and supervision aspect of the project.
Four of the five shortlisted companies are on island for the tenders meeting, which is the final step in the procurement process. The meeting will also allow them to better understand the port development project, visit the site and acquire more information to guide their submissions.
Six companies were initially shortlisted, however, one has withdrawn. The four companies that are on island for the tenders meeting are, IMC Worldwide Ltd (UK); Stantech Consultant International (Canada); B Eid Holdings (Canada) and Caribbean Coastal Services Ltd (Bahamas). Mott McDonald is the fifth company; however, a representative was present for the tenders meeting.
Speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, minister of communications, works, energy and labour, Paul Lewis, said obtaining the services of the technical consultant is one of the implementation requirements for the project as stipulated by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), which has provided a grant of £14.4 million for the project.
Lewis said, “We have a number of targets we have to meet before we can begin the actual construction of the port and this includes establishing a project steering committee; having in place a project coordinator; technical consultant and supervisor; project liaison officer and project engineer.”
Once in post, the technical consultant will be expected to prepare detailed performance specifications as necessary for the design of all civil and structural works for the Little Bay Port project; undertake an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA); conduct a climate risk vulnerability assessment; ensure that high-quality construction is achieved and that all work is carried out in full compliance with the contract documents and technical specifications, and provide support to the Public Works Department in the execution of its project management functions, including its monitoring and evaluation functions for the proposed design-build contract for the Little Bay Port Development Project.
The port development project will be funded in the amount of £21 million. The government of Montserrat was able to secure funding from the CDB in the amount of £14.4 million with the remaining £7.098 million secured through the European Development Fund 11 (EDF11) programme.
Project coordinator, Rolando Cassie explained that under this phase of the project the funds will be used for consultancy and construction work.
He said, “This project will see the development of a breakwater of approximately 250-300 meters in length with a berth to allow for the docking of cruise and cargo ships in a much safer environment and will also have a ro-ro facility to accommodate the current type of cargo transportation we have on Montserrat.”
The tender process for the technical consultant is expected to be completed next month (September) and it is anticipated that the successful bidder will begin the consultancy work in October 2018.
The ministry will also tender for a design and build contractor who will be expected to be in post by the first or second quarter of 2019.
The port development project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.