[xml][/xml]
The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


New Marsh Harbour Airport terminal to enhance quality service
By Llonella Gilbert, BIS
Sep 3, 2011 - 10:54:18 AM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page

Ground-breaking.jpg
A contract signing ceremony for the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility was held at the terminal site. Pictured from left: Architect, Donald Dean; Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace; Principal, FES Construction Company Limited, Fletcher McIntosh; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham; Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant and Member of Parliament, South Abaco Edison Key. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- The building of the new Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility will further enhance Marsh Harbour Airport’s capacity to provide quality service to the growing number of Abaco residents and visitors, Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant said.

The project will complement recent upgrades to the airside infrastructure that were undertaken a year ago, Minister Grant said during the Contract Signing Ceremony at the new terminal site, Thursday, September 1.

“These upgrades included construction of a new jet runway of 6,100 feet conversion of the original runway into a jet-way; installation of new signage, approach, taxiway, and runway lighting, and the development of new flight procedures for the new runway to ensure compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.”

Minister Grant explained that in July 2010, the Architects Incorporated Company was awarded a contract for architectural design of the new Marsh Harbour terminal, control tower, and fire/crash facilities along with works to integrate the existing terminal building into the new airport terminal’s design.

He said subsequent to completion of the architectural drawings, nine contractors were invited to submit tenders for the project.  Seven tenders were received and opened at the Ministry of Finance’s Tenders Board meeting, May 17, 2011.

“The lowest bidder was considered non-responsive and they withdrew from the tendering process.  The third lowest bidder was some $100,000 more than the second lowest, however their completion period for the project was less.”

Grant.jpg
Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant brings remarks at the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility at the terminal site, Friday, September 1, 2011. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

Minister Grant stressed that bid price is not the only factor considered in evaluating bid submissions for capital works projects. 

“In this case there is economic benefit to be achieved for the Abaco economy as a result of FES Construction Company’s committed project completion period of 60 weeks, 18 weeks earlier than that submitted by the second lowest bidder, which by far outweighs the difference in the bid price between them.”

He said FES Construction has established a reputation of delivering quality work within agreed timelines and maximises Bahamian participation in other projects.

“Against this background, it was agreed by Cabinet that a contract should be awarded to FES Construction Company Limited in the amount $23.7 million.”

The terminal will incorporate architectural elements that reflect culture of The Bahamas.  The new 51,000 square feet terminal will include 22 counter positions, state-of-the-art luggage scanning system, pilot briefing room, two restaurants, one lounge, eight retail shop spaces, two kiosks, long and short term public parking areas along with taxi and employee parking areas.

The airport terminal, control tower and the crash facility will be equipped with 100 per cent back up emergency electrical supply systems.  The existing terminal will be converted into an Air Cargo facility.

Vanderpool-Wallace.jpg
Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace spoke on the importance of the Marsh Harbour Airport in The Bahamas. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

The Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace who also attended the ceremony noted that Abaco has around 90,000 visitors every year.  He said the Marsh Harbour Airport is the second busiest airport in the country and one of the busiest airports in the entire Caribbean region.

Minister Vanderpool-Wallace added that Abaco is visited by more persons than six countries in the Caribbean region.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Hubert A Ingraham; Member of Parliament, South Abaco and Chairman, the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Edison Key; other senior government officials and Local Government representatives were also in attendance at the ceremony.


Bookmark and Share




© Copyright 2011 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Bahamas Information Services Updates
Latest Headlines
Hon. Hope Strachan on the passing of Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District
Mitchell to attend Panama Canal expansion ceremony today
$4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in Smith’s Point, Grand Bahama signed
Births and deaths registry to open at Princess Margaret Hospital
The Bahamas seeking to protect the country against coastal erosion
Attorney General encourages Citizen Involvement to make Criminal Justice System work
The Bahamas statement on the EU referendum
Minister Mitchell Pledges to Continue Fight for Women’s Rights
Hon. Daniel Johnson 2016/2017 Budget Contribution Debate
Public Service set to receive raises, promotions and undergo reforms
Over 1,000 homes repaired under Urban Renewal Small Homes Repair Programme
Roberts: National Review way off base in its BTC analogy
Prime Minister Christie Lauds His Government’s Fiscal Responsibility
PS Thompson: The Bahamas has a head start when it comes to hospitality
Gomez and Sands Sworn in as New Senators
Commonwealth Brewery Shareholders Return Full Slate of Directors
Recent medical school graduates to help address anticipated physician shortfalls
Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas calls on Government Officials
Prime Minister Christie 2016/2017 Closing Budget
 Statement
Student tracking system to be implemented in public schools
Two new schools in the 2016/17 Budget for San Salvador
Hon. Shane Gibson 2016/2017 Budget Debate Contribution
Bahamian candidate elected to international women's rights committee
103 yr-old Bahamian celebrated
Hon. Brave Davis 2016/2017 Budget Debate Contribution
Educational institutions required to be registered by Accreditation and Equivalency Council
Minister Daniel Johnson Tours Renovations to National Swim Complex and Gymnasium
Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Hours of Operation Temporarily Adjusted
Hon. Fred Mitchell 2016/2017 Budget Debate Contribution
Bahamas government embarks on major airport development program
Public urged to be aware of Social Media scams
Bahamas National Honours System now accepting nominations
UHC offers financial risk protection, improved quality of services for citizens by spreading costs across the population
Modernization Process Continues in Bahamas Aviation Sector
Bahamas attends European - Latin America and The Caribbean engagement on Drug Cooperation
Urban Renewal Holds Pre-Father's Day Luncheon
Wemyss Bight Primary School Students and Teachers Called Upon Deputy to the Governor General
Dame Anita Allen: What is marriage? Has marriage changed?
Hon. Hubert Chipman 2016-2017 Budget Debate Contribution
Bahamas Approved as Hub for Trade in Chinese Currency