Contract signed for Falkland Islands’ new port
The Falkland Islands Government has completed and signed a contract with construction and civil engineering company BAM Nuttall for the design and build of a new port in Stanley Harbor.
The contract signing follows the announcement in February 2020 that BAM Nuttall had been selected as a development partner after an extensive global procurement process.
“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,” Barry Elsby, Development and Commercial Services portfolio holder of The Falkland Islands Government, commented.
“The absolute need for a new port to support our fishing and other industries remains.”
Due to the current circumstances, 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, according to the government.
“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,” Martin Bellamy, BAM Nuttall’s Managing Director, said.
The new facility will be in the vicinity of the current port in Stanley Harbor, offering new facilities that will benefit key users in the shipping fishing, and tourism sectors, as well as many other parts of the economy.