Les premières Bee-Bee XS à Saint-Barth!

Les premières Bee-Bee XS à Saint-Barth!

La Collectivité de Saint-Barthélemy a été choisie pour recevoir les premiers modèles de Bee-Bee XS, une voiture électrique destinée principalement aux professionnels du tourisme et aux collectivités locales.

Lors de la journée mobilité verte du 3 décembre 2016 à Saint-Barthélemy, la Bee-Bee XS, une voiture électrique produite et conçue en France, a été présentée. Le choix de Saint-Barthélemy n’est pas anodin. La Bee-Bee XS a été conçue pour répondre aux besoins des professionnels du tourisme, du loisir et des activités de plein air, ainsi que pour les particuliers résidant en région balnéaire ou en villégiature. Les concepteurs de cette automobile précisent même que « les Caraïbes, constituent une véritable rampe de lancement » de son offre à l’international.

À Saint-Barthélemy, c’est l’ancien pilote des 24h du Mans et du rallye de Dakar, Bruno Miot établi depuis 20 ans dans la Collectivité qui a choisi de relever ce défi: lancer une automobile répondant aux exigences de Saint-Barthélemy, notamment ses côtes raides et son climat tropical. Soucieux du développement durable de Saint-Barthélemy, Bruno Miot a déjà orienté son offre de véhicules vers l’électrique. Une démarche soutenue par la Collectivité, qui a prévu l’installation d’ombrières sur l’ile, utilisables en libre-service.

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St Helena – new tourist location

St Helena – new tourist location


Since 1502, the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic was accessible only by sea. Over the centuries, we have been visited by many of the great minds of renown in social, political and scientific spheres. Captain Cook, Captain Blight, Darwin, Napoleon, Dinizulu, Halley and many others came to our shores. In the coming months, people from all over the world will be able to visit the island by air. It is great opportunity for us to develop a sustainable economy.

What we want to do is to make sure that we develop the economy for the benefit of all in an innovative way.  This is very challenging but by working in partnership with the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories, we hope to systematically develop a process whereby each aspect of the environment we develop is monitored, measured and supported. It is one of rare opportunities left in the world, where the economy has not yet been exposed to the wider world and we are going to muster all the support that we can get, on-island and off-island, to ensure that it is a great story and positive story and show how tourism can enhance the well-being of everyone in the community.

With a tourism offering which encompasses adventure, particularly marine-based, extraordinary heritage & culture and beautiful diverse landscapes, we expect discerning visitors from all around the world to take the opportunity to explore an island previously only accessible after a five-day sail. There is much work to be done to bring St Helena to its true potential and to achieve this we will focus on supporting projects which bring about sustainable and incremental growth.


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Aruba opens brand new container port

Aruba opens brand new container port

With a modest ceremony at the end of March, the opening of the multi cargo port in Barcadera, Aruba, was officially celebrated.

The move from the Paardenbaai harbor at the capital city of Oranjestad already took place six weeks earlier. “That offered us the opportunity to resolve the teething challenges that are inevitable in such a large project,” said Jossy Figaroa, interim Director of Aruba Ports Authority (APA). The move came a month earlier than planned, however, not only has the project been completed within the time frame, but also within the agreed budget.

The project is valued at 125 million Florins (about 70 million US dollars).

A total of 45 million is paid by APA, and the remaining sum is paid by stevedoring company Astec, that will be operating and maintaining the container port for the next 25 years. However, APA remains responsible for monitoring the whole complex as well as towing and pilot crane.

IMG_4767The port is an impressive sight, starting with the huge gantry crane that stands high on the 300-meter long quay. At busy times, or during maintenance, its smaller mobile “brother” assists the large crane. On the huge square, piles of containers are waiting for further processing.

Mike de L’Isle, Director of Astec, praised the speed with which the project has been realized. “Six years ago, when I started to work at Astec, I heard that there was a plan on the drawing board. Back then I could not imagine that we would be here today, in front of our beautiful new building, in fully operational new port area.”

The new port is an integral part of the infrastructure development of Aruba.

A new road has also been built that connects the port with the Green Corridor, the island’s second dual highway. As soon as the first half of this project is ready, the road will open to the trucks with containers to quickly reach the main roads.

The new Watty Vos Boulevard, which is the ring road around Oranjestad, will help facilitate a faster connection with the companies in the Eagle area, and the hotel zone at the other side of the capital.

The Port of Amsterdam is one of the partners in the development of the ports in Aruba. This company is working together with Aruba to make plans for the vacant site in Oranjestad, but also has plans for its own organization. Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, the Director of the Department Port of Amsterdam International, traveled to Aruba for the opening of Barcadera. “We have many people, with all kinds of expertise, that we can make available to Aruba. We are going to play a role in the development of the former port area. This will become a showcase for Aruba as well as for ourselves. We want to build a regional position in port development and management, with Aruba in the center.”

Thus, the move of the container port not only contributes to the infrastructure of Aruba, but also to the development of the third economic pillar, a knowledge-based economy.


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Aruba opens brand new container port

Aruba opens brand new container port

End of March, the Prime Minister of Aruba has officially opened the multi cargo port in Barcadera, Aruba (see the report on Prime Minister website).

The new port is an integral part of the infrastructure development of Aruba. A new road has also been built that connects the port with the Green Corridor, the island’s second dual highway. As soon as the first half of this project is ready, the road will open to the trucks with containers to quickly reach the main roads. The technical capacity of the container port are available on the website of Aruba Port Authority.

This new port will also contribute to the development of the third economic pillar, a knowledge-based economy. It gives the opportunity to Aruba to become a hub for Free-Zone and/or Transshipment Cargo.

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Saint-Pierre et Miquelon : vers une économie bleue

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon : vers une économie bleue

Selon une note de l’IEDOM, les caractéristiques structurelles et géographiques de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon confèrent à son économie maritime un fort potentiel de développement qui représente un enjeu primordial pour son avenir.

L’économie bleue ou économie maritime englobe toutes les activités économiques liées aux océans, mers et côtes. Plus précisément, l’économie maritime comprend : transport maritime, pêche, aquaculture, tourisme maritime et côtier, construction et réparation navale et autres secteurs : biotechnologie bleue, énergie marine, exploitation minière des fonds marins, parapétrolier offshore.

Avec la fin de la grande pêche, l’économie de l’archipel s’est principalement repositionnée sur le marché intérieur et de ce fait l’activité portuaire est limitée aux importations et aux flux intra-insulaires.
Cependant l’archipel dispose d’atouts indéniables, encore faiblement exploités, qui pourraient permettre une réouverture de l’économie vers les activités maritimes.
Par exemple, l’aquaculture est encore limitée aux moules et pétoncles alors qu’un potentiel existe pour les saumons ou la morue. Le tourisme de croisière mériterait d’être plus connu de même que le tourisme vert.
Plusieurs projets visent à désenclaver l’archipel et à capter les flux externes de trafic maritime. Ils reposent sur des investissements importants dans les infrastructures portuaires, mais aussi passent par un nécessaire développement des filières de formation aux métiers de la mer.
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Ocean Ecopark Curaçao

Ocean Ecopark Curaçao

Ocean Ecopark Curaçao is a holistic project, providing sustainable energy, food, and water solutions. These solutions are based on the use of the cold and nutrient rich deep seawater available just a few kilometers of the coast of Curacao. Ocean Ecopark Curaçao will be developed on 20 to 60 hectares of land adjacent to the airport, and will integrate a range of sustainable solutions, ranging from cooling services to fresh water production to ocean-cooled greenhouses and fish farming.

Initial use of the deep ocean water will be to cool buildings in and around Hato International Airport, providing savings of up to 90% of the electricity typically required for air-conditioning.The park will also host the Caribbean’s first Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant, allowing the tropical island of Curaçao to use the ocean as a power plant. Ocean Ecopark Curaçao will thus serve as a source of both energy efficiency and sustainable energy power generation.

After extracting the thermal potential for conventional energy applications the deep seawater will then be used by other Ecopark tenants. Greenhouses cooled by means of seawater will enable the production of vegetables and foods (e.g. spinach and leafy greens) that would otherwise not be competitive to grow in Curaçao and are currently imported. The nutrient rich and cool seawater will also enable competitive aquaculture opportunities as has been demonstrated in other places around the world.

Ocean Ecopark Curaçao consists of a strong team of companies and individuals that are coming together to develop this ambitious and innovative project. Bluerise, the project initiator and coordinator, is a Dutch technology provider in the emerging Ocean Thermal Energy market. Bluerise has its beginnings in 2010 at the Delft Technical University with which it holds close contact in the development of the project. Some of the project partners are: Greenvis, district energy specialists; A.Hak, renowned in construction and infrastructure; and Priva, worldwide market leader in climate control systems for greenhouses. The project also counts with the expertise from individuals with over 30 years of experience in the deployment and operations of other deep seawater pipelines around the world.

Ocean Ecopark Curaçao will not only provide financial benefits to the project participants, its clients and tenants but will also provide wider macroeconomic benefits to Curaçao. The project is expected to generate over 400 jobs and will tilt the balance of trade favorably in Curaçao by reducing not only energy consumption but food imports. The combination of research, pre-commercial and commercial activities stemming from the Ecopark will allow Curaçao to become a hub for ocean innovation in the region.

June this year an agreement was signed between Bluerise and the Curaçao Airport board, designating Bluerise as exclusive project developer of the Ocean Ecopark Curaçao. During the past four years, feasibility studies were executed in collaboration with the above mentioned project partners. These studies came out positive. Today, Bluerise is practically ready to continue with the project. However, they still need an adjustment in the ‘Insular Spatial Development Plan Curaçao’, allowing the use for Agro, Energy and Water industry at the destination concerned.

For more information: http://www.bluerise.nl/what-we-offer/deep-seawater-ecopark/

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Polynésie française : le cluster maritime pour moderniser le port de Papeete

Polynésie française : le cluster maritime pour moderniser le port de Papeete

Le port de Papeete concentre la majorité de l’activité économique du pays. Son point fort mais aussi son talon d’Achille. C’est pourquoi le cluster maritime de Polynésie française va s’associer à la stratégie de modernisation du port de Papeete.

Il s’agit notamment d’anticiper l’utilisation de navires de plus grand tonnage, rendue possible par l’élargissement du canal de Panama. Pour l’instant les infrastructures du port de Papeete ne sont pas suffisantes pour les accueillir. Ils iront en Nouvelle-Zélande ce qui augmentera les délais et les coûts.

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Confirmation of IATA code for St Helena Airport

Confirmation of IATA code for St Helena Airport


St Helena Airport Project is pleased to announce that the Airport Code HLE has been designated for St Helena Airport, for use by airlines and computer reservation systems.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) assigns unique 3-letter codes to identify airports. Passengers flying to and from St Helena Airport will find the code HLE on their documentation, such as boarding passes and baggage labels.
In order to make an application to IATA, a shortlist of available airport codes relevant to St Helena was compiled, and ‘HLE’ was the option recommended by Legislative Council and endorsed by Executive Council. Accordingly, and following a successful application by Comair, our preferred code of HLE has now been formally assigned to St Helena Airport by IATA.
IATA will publish confirmation of this in its monthly bulletin at the end of June.

Note to Editors
The IATA Airport Code should not be confused with the ICAO Airport Code. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) also assigns a unique 4-letter code to airports, but this is primarily for use in flight operations (for example, for flight planning and air traffic control). The ICAO Code for St Helena Airport is FHSH.

Updates at St Helena Airport Project website

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Director of Overseas Territories Visits Pitcairn

Director of Overseas Territories Visits Pitcairn

Thursday 28th May brought the arrival of the first rotation of the Claymore II carrying tourists, visitors, returning resident and Government officials including Peter Hayes, Director of the Overseas Territories at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Pitcairn put on a public dinner on the evening of his arrival where most of the community attended and Mayor Christian welcomed Dr Hayes along with Evan Dunn from the Pitcairn Islands Office in Auckland, visitors and returning residents to the evening. The community shared some of Pitcairn’s cultural heritage by singing some traditional songs after a delicious meal, which brought a moving and tearful touch to close an enjoyable evening.

At the public meeting held on 31st May, Dr Hayes expressed his pleasure at having been able to visit the island first hand saying; “there is no substitute for being able to meet and talk with people, and getting a sense of how the place feels.” Noting that it is important to remember Pitcairn’s situation and it is not only about numbers and money, he very much enjoyed the opportunity to engage with everyone and experience the extraordinary and beautiful island.

He went on to say Pitcairn continues to be faced with very real challenges but he is very much encouraged by the more cooperative spirit displayed by Council and the community. He is very pleased to see this phase of working together and encouraged this to continue. He commended the Council’s development of it recent Mission Statement stressing that it is important for Pitcairn to be for all Pitcairners. “This is the time we have to all work together, to use our time and effort effectively so as to come together as a community and as partners,” said Peter.

Dr Hayes stated that access continues to be one of the island’s greatest challenges; for both sustainable tourism, and the community’s social and medical needs. He is committed to exploring more frequent voyages and more cost effective fares for residence, visitors and officials. (Taken from official minutes of the meeting)

Dr Hayes is married with two children and came to the office with a wealth of knowledge and experience as he transitioned from his PhD in nuclear physics, acting head of the FCO’s Counter Proliferation and arms export policy department, and spending a year on secondment as head of public affairs at the London stock exchange.

Shifting to the public service, his most recent diplomatic assignment was as high commissioner to Sri Lanka and non-resident high commissioner to the Maldives from January 2008 until November 2010. He held a number of positions including principal private secretary to former UK foreign secretaries Jack Straw, Margaret Beckett and David Miliband. Dr Hayes also served as counselor in the British Embassy in Washington DC covering energy, environment, science, and climate change, and HM consul general in Washington DC.

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