More cruise Scott an act­ing judge busi­ness likely

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By Gercine Carter

AT­TOR­NEY Al­rick Scott is an act­ing judge.

Scott, 50, of Vir­tus Le­gal Cham­bers, will sit on the bench for Septem­ber while two other judges are on leave.

He was called to the Bar in Oc­to­ber 1997 af­ter at­tain­ing a Bach­e­lor of Laws with Honours from the Univer­sity of the West Indies in 1993 and his Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate from the Hugh Wood­ing Law School in 1997. At the Hugh Wood­ing Law School, he was awarded the Bar­ba­dos Law As­so­ci­a­tion Prize for the most out­stand­ing Bar­ba­dian stu­dent for the two years of study, 1995 to 1997.

The at­tor­ney also has a Master of Law de­gree in cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial law from the Univer­sity of the West Indies and, among other ar­eas, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the prac­ti­cal use of the 1999 FIDIC Con­di­tions of Con­tract.

He be­gan his ca­reer at Charl­ton Cham­bers be­fore estab­lish­ing Vir­tus Le­gal. (AC) BAR­BA­DOS may get a fur­ther boost in its 2017-2018 cruise busi­ness be­cause of the dam­age to some Caribbean ports by Hur­ri­cane Irma.

While hard­est hit is­lands such as the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, US Vir­gin Is­lands and St Maarten that de­pend heav­ily on tourism em­bark on the long road to re­cov­ery, is­lands such as Bar­ba­dos in the south­ern Caribbean that were un­touched by the hur­ri­cane may yet ben­e­fit.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Plat­inum Port Agency, Kevyn Year­wood, told the WEEK­END NA­TION since the pass­ing of Irma, his agency had con­firmed 20 ad­di­tional home­port­ing calls for the Bridgetown Port for the Novem­ber 2017 to April 2018 cruise sea­son from one ship and had re­ceived an­other six queries.

It is busi­ness, he pointed out, that would nor­mally have gone to St Maarten.

Year­wood pro­jected the com­ing win­ter cruise sea­son would be Bar­ba­dos’ “best ever”.

“At the same time, we do not want to be smil­ing be­cause we got ad­di­tional calls. We still want to see those is­lands pick back up quickly. They need the ships to go back as soon as pos­si­ble be­cause those is­lands also need the tourism,” he said.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Bridgetown Port, David Jean-marie, said he was aware some cruise lines were re­view­ing their itin­er­ary be­cause of the dam­age to some of the re­gion’s ports, but there was as yet “no in­for­ma­tion as to how they would shift those as­sets”.

How­ever, he said Bar­ba­dos stood ready to ac­com­mo­date ad­di­tional cruise ships “where we can”, while point­ing out there were some days in the com­ing cruise sea­son when the berths at the Bridgetown Port were “com­pletely booked”.

Irma, a Cat­e­gory 5 hur­ri­cane, dev­as­tated some of the pop­u­lar cruise des­ti­na­tions last week in the north­ern Caribbean is­lands and Alan Fox, chair­man and CEO of Va­ca­tions to Go, the world’s largest seller of cruises, said on Wed­nes­day in a news­let­ter that the im­pact on the Caribbean’s cruise in­dus­try “has been enor­mous”.

He re­ported that sched­uled port calls to des­ti­na­tions se­verely af­fected by the hur­ri­cane “have al­ready been can­celled on nu­mer­ous sail­ings”.

Fox ex­plained the Caribbean is the most pop­u­lar re­gion for cruises, with the largest cruise lines – Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional, Car­ni­val Cruise line and Nor­we­gian Cruise Line – op­er­at­ing.

Re­lief ef­forts

The cruise lines have been de­ploy­ing some of their ships to as­sist with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­lief ef­forts in some of the coun­tries dev­as­tated by Irma.

Fox said: “As soon as dam­age re­ports came trick­ling in, sev­eral cruise lines de­ployed ships to bat­tered Caribbean is­lands to de­liver re­lief sup­plies and as­sist in evac­u­a­tion ef­forts.”

Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional sent the Ad­ven­ture Of The Seas and Majesty Of The Seas to St Maarten and St Thomas to de­liver sup­plies and to trans­port evac­uees to safety, while Nor­we­gian Cruise Line dis­patched the Nor­we­gian Sky to St Thomas to take sup­plies and as­sist in hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts.

Car­ni­val Cruise lines, whose ship Car­ni­val Fas­ci­na­tion calls at the Bridgetown Port on Wed­nes­days, has been work­ing with of­fi­cials to co­or­di­nate de­liv­ery of sup­plies as part of sched­uled port calls on both an im­me­di­ate and long-term ba­sis, Fox noted.

Be­fore Irma struck, Royal Caribbean opened its ship Enchantment Of The Seas to 2 700 of its Florida-based em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies in need of shel­ter and the ship sailed out to calm, safe seas to wait out the storm. gercinecarter@na­tion­news.com

ACT­ING JUS­TICE AL­RICK SCOTT.

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