More cruise Scott an acting judge business likely
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.
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. email@example.com