$230M to renovate Reynolds Pier
The Reynolds Pier in Ocho Rios, St Ann, is to be renovated by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) at a cost of $230 million.
This undertaking forms part of what the PAJ's Project Manager Christopher Hamilton says are plans to reposition Jamaica as the Caribbean's premier cruise destination.
Making the disclosure recently, Hamilton said the project, slated to commence shortly, will entail improvements to the pier's parking area, among other provisions aimed at boosting ground transportation arrangements for visitors and other stakeholders.
Addiionally, he said a promenade will be built along the waterfront to connect the pier with the town of Ocho Rios, thereby enabling pedestrian movement along that area. He further stated that general upgrading work, aimed at enhancing the facility's overall aesthetics and ambience, will also be carried out.
Hamilton said the project is aimed at bringing the Reynolds Pier on par with the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier in Trelawny, thereby providing Ocho Rios with much needed space to attract more mega cruise liners.
"Currently, Ocho Rios cannot accommodate some of the larger ships that go to Falmouth. As such, we want to ensure that we have (adequate) modern top class facilities to attract (more of) the type of luxury ships that are being built nowadays, (thereby) making Jamaica a first choice on the cruise itineraries," he explained.