Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has engaged the expertise of Bahamian Engineering firm Caribbean Coastal Services Ltd. (CCS) as the $39 million project moves one step closer to ground breaking in North Abaco.
The Bahamian Engineering firm will review, comment, stamp and seal CHEC’s designs for the Abaco port to make sure all the drawings that are handed into the Ministry of Public Works will comply with all the local and relevant laws and codes.
Principal of CHEC Bahamas Felix Chang said support from CCS will enhance the award-winning international engineering firm’s ability to fulfill all the country requirements for this port development.
“We are pleased to establish mutually beneficial business relationships with local firms the way we have with Caribbean Coastal Services,” said Mr. Chang. “We look forward to completing our project to the high standards that both firms are known for.”
Construction on the North Abaco Port Development is expected to be completed in roughly two years and is to be funded by the Export Import Bank of China and the government of The Bahamas. A minimum of one-third of the project’s investment will be shared throughout the community directly and indirectly during the construction phase.
“We are excited about partnering with CHEC and assisting as we can,” said CSS’ engineer Carlos Palacious. “We are very familiar with the local environment, design recruitment and what is needed in terms of Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission practices for The Bahamas and for the region.
“We’re excited to join up with the Chinese team from a design process point of view.”