PORT OF ROATAN OPERATING WITH LIMITED CAPACITY
April 13, 2018 7:00 a.m.
Port of Roatan Communicator:
As a result of the damages caused to the cruise ship dock "Port of Roatan" by the impact of the ship MSC. ARMONIA, the port will continue its operations with certain limitations.
The cleaning and reconstruction efforts have not yet started since we are still waiting for the completion of the work carried out by the international evaluators which will provide us a better assessment and diagnosis. In principle, the port authorities estimate that the damages caused by the collision can exceed 10 million dollars.
No damage has been detected to the western or the central part of the port, which can accommodate and allows for the arrival of smaller cruise ships. However, the east side of the port has suffered some 35 meters of destruction. This will limit the port's ability to receiving only smaller vessels. Collectively, the entire port counts on some 205 meters of dockable space. The impact is substantial, as it is, and cruise ship cancellations are being confirmed.
In the case of the MC Allure of the Seas of the Royal Caribbean company, which was scheduled to arrive on May 10 for the first time in Roatan, has canceled its arrival. The ship is considered to be the second largest ship in the world, with the ability to accommodate more than 6000 passengers onboard. The Allure will remove Roatan from its itinerary for the remainder of this season.
Once damages are assessed, the works of debris removal and reconstruction of the damaged structures will begin. This reconstruction could take approximately three months to complete. This estimate is subject to change by the authorities involved, but so far these authorities have fully collaborated. The ability for the Port of Roatan to obtain the necessary equipment promptly is vital. The Priority at this moment is to reconstruct the damage caused by the collision. However, once Port of Roatan has acquired all the required machinery, it is equally as vital to start the reconstruction of the second docking position which is why efforts to meet all requirements with the central government have already commenced.
The commitment to develop phase two, which includes the build-out of the second dock and recreational offerings still stands. But Port of Roatan will continue to depend on the support of the local authorities, which will enable our organization to optimize our resources and more importantly reduce the economic impact on the thousands of inhabitants who make a living from the cruise ship industry.
VIDEO OF THE ALLURE OF THE SEAS
Derivado de los danos causados al muelle de cruceros "Port of Roatan" ocasionado por el impacto del buque MSC. ARMONIA, el puerto continuara sus operaciones con ciertas limitantes. Los esfuerzos de limpieza y reconstruccion aun no han inicdiado, ya que continuamos en espera de que finalicen los trabajos requeridos por los peritos internacionales evaluadores y pueden entregar un diagnostico. En principio las autoridades del puerto estiman que los danos pueden alcanzar arriba de 10 millones de dolares.
No se han detectado danos en la parte oaeste ne la parte central del puelle, lo caul permite el arribo de embarcaciones mas pequenas, sin empbargo, en el lado este hay aproximadamente 35 mentros destruidos, quedando limitado el puerto a embarcaciones mucho mas pequenas de las recibia con sus 205 metros totales. El impacto es significativo en la capacidad original por lo cual hay acancelaciones de arribos las cuales estan siendo confirmadas. Para el caso del MC Allure of the Seas de empresa Royal Caribbean, el cual estaba programado para arribar el proximo 10 de mayo por primera vez a Roatan, ha cencelado, el cual esta considerado el segundo barco mas grande del mundo, con mas de 6000 pasajeros, el Allure estaria retirando a Roatan de su itinerario esta temporada.
Una vez concluidos los trabajos de evaluacion, comenzaran los trabajos de remocion de escombros y reconstruccion de las estructuras danadas, las cuales estan programadaos para tardar aproximadamente tres meses. Dicho periodo quedara sujeto a las facilidades de las autoridades nos otorguen para la reconstruccion, las cuales hasta el momemto nos had brindado toda su colaboracion. La capacidad de la empresa de obtener el equipo necesario en tiempo y forma es vital. La Prioridad en este momento es reconstruir el dano causado por el incidente, sin embargo, al haber realizado todo el esfuerzo de trer maquinaria y equip es vital poder comenzar la segunda posicion de atraque por lo que se estaran haciendo gest con el cobrierno central para agilizar los reqerimientos.
El compromiso de desarrollar la segunda fase, que incluye un segundo muelle y oferta recrecional sigue en pie, pero siempre dependiendo del apoyo de las autrodidades en agilizar los procesos requeridos, los cuales nos permitarian optamizar recursos como empresa, pero mas importante aun, disminuir los impactos economicos del incidente mismo que afecta economicamente a miles de habitantes de Roatan que se benefician de industria de cureceros.
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About Roatan Tourism Bureau ™
WHO ARE WE?
The Roatan Tourism Bureau ™ (RTB) is a private, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which aims to encourage and promote the vitality & growth of Roatan's tourism industry. Promoting Roatan, as a premier travel island destination (both domestically & internationally) is at the center of the Bureau's principal focus.
WHAT WEBSITES DO WE HAVE?
We first launched Roatan.Online and soon after, the Roatan Tourism Bureau site you see today. Since those two sites were launched we've also added two more websites (Roatan.Jobs, Roatan.Gallery) along with several social media profiles to help us grow our media footprint. We continue to look for ways to serve our community while promoting the interest and the natural beauty of our Bay Islands. Here are a few of our websites:
WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER?
Each website has a different revenue target. The Roatan Tourism Bureau website depends on a subscription-based business model while Roatan Online drives most of its revenue by way of advertisements on its various pages.
NOTE: For intangible services such as advertising and web marketing, we offer our services to our clients FREE and UPFRONT before we ever submit an invoice. In other words, If our clients are not satisfied with our work first, we do not charge them.
WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
Our purpose is to improve the online presence of the Bay Islands through the latest web marketing techniques and the newest online platforms and mediums.
IS THERE A NEED FOR A PRIVATE BUREAU?
We believe so. And to understand why we've included a message from our founding member:
"I was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I've lived in five countries, including Jamaica where I spent five years falling in love with the Caribbean. I am a proud American citizen and an entrepreneur.
The United States has been good to my family and me, but as a native Honduran, I have a special love for my culture, my heritage, my family, and my people.
Like most Hondurans, I want to see Honduras showcased to the world, in the best light possible.
And while Honduras has so much to offer, few places can match the sheer beauty we find in the Bay Islands.
Until now, the Bay Islands have had a poor online presence.
A key contributor to the Bay Islands' poor online representation has been a slow adoption of new technologies.
There is excellent content online today. but the manner and the platforms on which that content is displayed to the world is outdated and antiquated.
I believe my Honduran birth, my exposure to the American culture, my technical and online knowledge, and my entrepreneurial spirit uniquely qualify me to bring the Bay Islands to the forefront and to the world, online.
Thank you for your continued support,"
Emilio F. Castillo
The Roatan Tourism Bureau ™
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