Fort Louis Marina, Marigot (Robert Luckock photo)
MARIGOT–President Daniel Gibbs announced Friday at a Territorial Council meeting that Marina Fort Louis will undergo major upgrading and rehabilitation work at a cost of five million euros, following the Executive Council’s favourable vote earlier in the week.
The Collectivité took over management of the marina from SEMSAMAR on January 1, 2019.
Gibbs reminded that the marina’s infrastructure and equipment are already old, and more damaged since the passing of Hurricane Irma.
“In the context of restarting our tourism economy, it is essential for us to carry out this work quickly, and at the same time to respond to the problems of welcoming boaters and ensuring the safety of our marinas,” he explained.
“The Executive Council has also approved the financing plan for this programme, for which we will seek State funds through the convergence contract which is currently being negotiated. This document, which I want to be ambitious, balanced and fair, should be signed before the end of this year.”
This project includes the studies and project management, infrastructure works, work to upgrade the electrical networks and public lighting from the promenade of the West Indies shopping mall to the jetty car park. There are also plans to renovate the harbour master’s office and the Yacht Club, repair the cracked paving on the breakwater and install lighting.
The studies and selection of companies have already been carried out for the first phase of the works, which have just begun. The project will be fully completed in September 2020.