GM Says COVID-19 Delays Port Project

Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority Manager, Darwin Telemaque

Construction at the Deep Water Harbour Port will take longer to complete than previously projected due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Darwin Telemaque, the manager of the Antigua & Barbuda Port Authority, told state media the project could be delayed by several months

The project, which is being funded through a loan from the China Exim Bank was last projected to be completed by September 2021.

A container terminal, a new administration building and a new warehouse are part of the development.

“What we were thinking could be maybe a 4, 5, 6 months extension”, he said adding, “we were going from September ‘21 to I’ll say about March ‘22. Right now, we can’t really say until we see how things play out.”

The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd. (CCECC) is the company working on the project.

“There’s now this resurgence of issues between China and the USA that’s popping up to where we could have more issues”, Telemaque said, explaining this too has contributed to delays.

“With the USA saying they don’t want to have any flights from China that’s going to impinge on the ability or some of the workers that the Chinese were hoping to get across”, he said.

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  1. Maybe it is time that more Antiguans are employed and less Chinese. Why is the government paying the China Exim Bank to provide employment to Chinese? This is an opportune time for Antiguans to be employed given the high unemployment the country is currently facing.
    I was down deep water harbour and and a Chinese man was driving a water truck to clean the street and an Antiguan man said if not even that an Antiguan can do.

  2. Allow the PM to talk, this man thinks he is Mr. ANTIGUA, YOU NOT RUNNING FOR POLITICS BUT YOU DIP IN EVERYTHING, BUZZ OUT

    • He is the Manager at the Port.So he has that right to speak on matters affecting the Port.Not only Politicians should be allowed to speak on all matters.Because sometime they would speak about things they know nothing and or very,very,little about.I am also aware he is not a National.However,he is not at fault for being elevated into that position of leadership at our major Sea Port.All Antiguans and Barbudans must aspire to work hard by educating themselves.So that our Politicians do not have to look outside of Antigua and Barbuda to fill key positions.

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