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OBA claim wharf was defective from start

Documented evidence indicating “a large number of defects and deficiencies” in the building of Heritage Wharf currently lies before the Attorney General, Public Works Minister Trevor Moniz told the House of Assembly last night.

And Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell said the work teams modifying the facility in time for this week’s arrival of the

Breakaway had uncovered signs of the “cutting of corners” in the original building of the West End dock.

“I look forward to the engineer’s report going to the public,” Mr Crockwell said, calling it “damning”.

Even as the House heard that the much-anticipated vessel had been moored to the old dock rather than the new structure, Mr Crockwell insisted that the work undertaken there had been more than just “modifications — this was serious work”.

The Southampton West Central MP charged that the building of the wharf had neglected “standard practices”, which made it “extremely difficult” to get the wharf ready to receive large ships like this week’s arrival.

Shadow Public Works Minister Derrick Burgess countered that the wharf had been approved by engineers when it was completed.

Countering the suggestion that it was “full of deficiencies and unsafe”, he asked: “If that was so, why would you tie up the

Breakaway, the largest ship that has ever entered these water, to an unsafe dock?”

And Opposition MP Michael Weeks challenged Government: “The report that we received was in November of last year. If they’ve got another report, then bring both of them to the House.

“The dock itself had integrity; there was nothing wrong with it.”

Tourism and Transport Minister Shawn Crockwell

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Published May 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 18, 2013 at 12:54 am)

OBA claim wharf was defective from start

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