CIG has cruise pier plans for Cayman Brac, says Bryan

| 15/04/2024 | 84 Comments
Proposed site of Port Zeus on the northwest coast of Cayman Brac

(CNS): Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan has told a tourism journalist that the Cayman Island Government is planning to build a cruise ship pier on Cayman Brac. In an interview Bryan gave to the Caribbean Journal during the Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Miami Beach last week, he said, “We’re planning to either build it ourselves or partner with a local business owner who is building an inland marine harbour called Port Zeus,” Bryan told the online magazine.

Port Zeus is a marina-village proposal by former dot.com millionaire turned developer Frank Schilling, who is currently going through the process of drawing up the terms of reference for that project’s environmental impact assessment, given the concerns surrounding the proposed development.

There has been no previous indication from the tourism minister or any other members of government that the UPM administration has plans to build a cruise pier in Cayman Brac, where it would go, or any connection to Schilling’s marina proposal.

Nevertheless, Bryan told the Caribbean Journal that the pier was “not going to be the traditional model where you have big ships coming in, even with a pier. We want to keep it more toward small ships. That way we don’t have an abundance of persons traveling over to disrupt the flavor and flow of things.”

He said it would focus on “quality, not quantity”, something he has previously said about Grand Cayman’s cruise sector.

The minister implied that the Brac, which has a population of around 2,000, could be visited every week by three to four ships, each with up to 2,500 passengers. Bryan told the magazine that “the government gauged interest from cruise lines to make sure it fit what they wanted”.

“The plan is for a pier in 2026,” he said, though it’s not clear if that is when the pier will be started or finished. It is also not clear if there have been any discussions with local stakeholders, particularly as the construction of a pier in that location would destroy many of the dive sites on the north side of the island, greatly impacting scuba diving on the Brac, by far its most significant tourism attraction.

While Bryan chose to share the CIG’s plans with a foreign journalist, there has been no official public announcement about what would be a major project and significant change for the Sister Islands.

Bryan said the sleepy nature of Cayman Brac was an “attractive quality for some travelers, and we think that we can share that with them and offer up a more white-glove approach”. Previous attempts to attract very small cruise ships to the island have largely failed because the island has few sandy beaches — most of the shoreline is ironshore — and lacks the infrastructure to satisfy cruise passengers.

“Not every cruise line is going to be able to get this option because we want to keep it small… We’re doubling down on the quality over quantity concept,” the minister said.

CNS has contacted Bryan asking for more details about the proposal and whether or not the government has conducted a strategic business case or if it has been discussed in caucus. It’s not clear whether or not the people of the Brac are behind the project and how the CIG would try to gauge public sentiment.

Bryan has previously stated that he would like to hold a referendum on the idea of a berthing facility in Grand Cayman.

When in government, the PPM planned to move ahead on a major cruise project in George Town Harbour without broad public support but a successful campaign was launched to secure a people’s referendum on the proposal. The PPM government did all it could to undermine that vote before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, and then-premier Alden McLaughlin cancelled the project. As a result, the issue was never put to the people.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Bryan is so far over his head and his abilities and just does not know or understand the business and logistics of the maritime cruise industry. The last cruise ship to call into the Brac on a regular basis was arrested for having an open bar and the passengers drinking in Cayman Brac waters. The Brac can only handle a couple of 100 passengers at a time. No buses, however use school buses while the children are in school. No-one could be bothered. Port Zeus is the best thing that could ever happen in the Brac because it provide the only safe and protected harbour and provides an option of unloading the barge in times of bad weather when the port at the Creek cannot berth the barge or vessels alongside.

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  2. SJames says:

    The problem with Bryan is he has no experience of anything.
    Firstly he acquires overpriced land on North Church Street two and a half years ago and immediately demolishes income producing cottages. Look at it now. Completely overgrown and full of trash. This is property owned by the people of the Cayman Islands. Why is ir fenced off. Why can the public not use the property. He has do bugger all.

    Now the buses he ordered two year ago. Where are they and just who have we paid for them. Did the contract go out to tender. Where are the bust stops for the buses. Is Rotary providing them.

    Now Cayman Airways and Barbados. Please do let us have a copy of the feasibility study.

    Now the Brac. Has anyone done a report. If not why not. Many years ago the Honourable Norman Bodden commissioned a tourism report on Grand Cayman. It was exceedingly well received because Coopers and Lybrand requested input from all residents by way of forming several committees. Prominent peoples views were heard and taken note of. The interesting thing is that when the following government was appointed in total opposition the report was binned. It is ironic that it was ahead of its time. In hindsight we should have listened. Rather like Jim Bodden. We ignored his request for a new road to West Bay. On this occasion Jim was right.
    Let us hope that next year we can have some sensible politicians. My own view is that until the Government widens the group of residents that are eligible to stand it will be a regurgitation of the usual rubbish .

  3. Anonymous says:

    We do not need this Schilling character claiming he is going to do a port in Cayman Brac.

    Let me see, each and every time any sort of mini cruise ship has come here. A handful of stalls set up nearby. The 4 or 5 taxis on island can carry a few people. Others just walk around by Scotts dock and west end. Maybe they buy a bottle of water.

    Cayman Brac is in no way set up for a couple hundred mini cruise ship passengers. What are you going to do direct Public Works employee to drive them around in assorted vehicles and also get the private school bus companies to carry them around —-to what????

    You can count the number of so-called restaurants on our island. You can count the very limited amount of places to shop.

    If a port, marina or whatever you want to dream of was a financially secure investment then the prominent business families here with their connections would have done it years and years ago or they would be actively pursuing it now with a makes sense business plan.

    Otherwise this is just a government subsidized project for an expat investor looking to totally change our community. Do you research on this guy before rolling out the red carpet.

    What about the ports/marinas that were in the plans? The one southside by the serbian lady? The one south side near the pond/alexander hotel?

    All I can think of is the time the so called tenders were bringing tourists to the old Brac Reef. They put on life vests and swam to shore.

    Too bad we can’t put this idea to a referendum on Brac.

    Even when Mo$e$ was minister he wasn’t so fool to think a port would work on Brac.

    Now with the Ministry of District Administration, etc now planning to put a dock across from the watering place holiness church – why doesn’t the Premier just go ahead and put the cruise dock there???

    Money for port is better spent on expediting the piped water and fixing back our roads.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Them there kind of livin’ can’t hold Chaka

    • Anonymous says:

      You are only looking at what is there today. Our children are leaving for Grand and our infrastructure here is inadequate. I wan the Brac to have 5,000 or 10,000 people so we can have a community and get rid of the drugs here and have better policing. Bring on Port Zeus!

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      • Anonymous says:

        how is that working out for Grand Cayman? Do you really think our children want to be taxi drivers? Who holds most of those cruise ship related jobs? How many Caymanians do you see employed?

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  4. Say it like it is says:

    Mr Bryan says he wants quality in cruise ships not quantity yet the most frequent visitors to Grand Cayman are the Carnival ships. He bleated about the enormous potential of CAL’s Barbados route and having it attract British tourists from the Midlands flying here via Bridgetown. The average passenger numbers on this route recently has apparently been four with zero Brits.Apparently the Brac’s major tourist attractions are hiking on the Bluff, rock climbing and diving. I drive past the GT harbour every day and most of our cruise ship visitors would have difficulty climbing a stepladder and even snorkelling would stretch their talents to the max.Then our other latest brainwave is filling I presume our Panama flight with a large Cayman delegation to go touring Latin America to entice more South Americans to visit our shores. They undoubtedly like to travel, but Cayman?, where hotels are $600 a night, no casinos no shopping malls, no Disney World and soon no beach?.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    oh boy, Frank Jr Dart Shilling ……..

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    • Anonymous says:

      Frank Schilling is not even in the same league or class as Mr. Dart. Would rather have Dart here on Brac than Schilling anyday.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    The Port Zeus outline master plan has a jetty opening parking for one tiny cruise ship along the opening jetty from what is now Scott’s dock, prob under 300 feet. More of a single super yacht size, tbh. Anything with more beam would risk blocking entry to the marina.

    https://portzeus.ky/uploads/2022/08/Cayman-Brac_Extended-Master-Plan-1.pdf

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    • Anonymous says:

      ..and no parking for 50 buses and 75 taxis…another of Kenny’s shoot first, aim later plans.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Well quite frankly if the logistics actually work for a big cruise to stop at Cayman Brac maybe tourists would like the less commercialized less busy more safe authentic island getaway stop than Grand Cayman.
    I’d definitely prefer stopping off at Cayman Brac or Little Cayman than getting off the cruise ship at ghetto Honduras, Jamaica, Bahamas or Belize where you’ll be haggled by sketchy hustlers and risk of pickpocketing or worse

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    • Anonymous says:

      Except that the Brac will become one of those places, and the whole point is to preserve it as a tranquil higgler and traffic free destination.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, but, if a cruise ship dock gets built, it will very quickly not be ‘less busy’, ‘less commercialised, ‘more safe/authentic’. That’s what mega cruise ships do – they take all that away.

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  8. Bill Shakespeare says:

    As the Bard would say: “You can never tell a wise man from a fool – until he opens his mouth”

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  9. Anon says:

    Can this large yacht/ smaller ship strategy be trialed/ piloted in Grand Cayman? I’m sure a change in Grand Cayman strategy would be welcomed very much (by retailers, residents and environmental guardians etc) even if restricted. Who are the Caymanian partners in the interesting Schilling venture? Persons with environmental and community safeguarding credentials would be perfect compliments to ensure the project wins on all fronts – socially, economically and environmentally.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I get where you are headed — I think: Grand Cayman is already screwed up, so why not test the model there, instead of ALSO screwing up Cayman Brac.

      Right?

      RIGHT?

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Not needed in Cayman Brac. Sounds like kenny is trying to help get juju reelected.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    people getting mad about it ruining the brac. Jokes on you, the premiere is letting it happen to her own district and she will just keep getting reelected. if bracers are mad, then they should vote her out.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Is this announcement one of the promo pieces being done for the new reality show that will appear on CIG-TV – No official title has been released but the working title is
    “Idiots In Paradise – How to destroy an entire country in a few months”

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Stop panicking. There is alot of political rhetoric being spoken. Don’t forget elections are less than a year away so they will bamboozle us with all kind of nonsense. He did say it was in the “exploration” phase.
    It only becomes a possible reality if they are re-elected next April. If they can last until April.

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  14. Expanding for Who Cayman? says:

    The destruction of the Brac has begun like everything else our political maggots feast on the dead carcass of Cayman and its history, culture, quaintness, and what ever they can make a few dollars from to sustain their insatiable appetite for material things.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Sadly, few will truly understand your insightful words. I do. You can know there is at least one.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Many seem to forget that a tourism minister’s primary function is to grow and promote tourism.

    Environmental minister should advocate for the environment.

    One is doing his job and the other isn’t.

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    • Anonymous says:

      That is completely wrong, at least according to our Constitution and the Ministerial Code of Conduct – although I have no idea whether those documents are considered relevant by the current crop of politicians or whether those documents have even been perused.

      The tourism minister’s role, according to S44 of the Constitution is to work with the rest of Cabinet to develop a coherent set of policies that serve the best interests of the Caymanian people (rather than the interests of developers and a few self-promoting rich foreigners). But hey I get it – it is the developers and flashy self-promoters who pass out thick brown envelopes.

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      • Anonymous says:

        What is the minster of ports job accounting to S44. Who is the minister of Ports. Thank God he’s doing something for the Brac

    • G says:

      please stick a PIN in it

  16. Anonymous says:

    Cryin’ Bryan is truly off his nut!

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  17. Anonymous says:

    WTH is he smoking?

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Honorable Bryan you are a true man of the soil. Keep up the great work and you will be our next premier.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    How about some numbers on the KX Barbados route before you start another boondoggle. 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

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    • Anonymous says:

      You won’t see the Barbados dollar figures because Barbados has been ticked off Kenny’s Wish List.It’s done.Gone Clear.
      He is now onto Buenos Aires, Peru, Zurich /Geneva, Rio. Plus other destinations anywhere that can stretch the fuel tank capacity on a 737 […max….Cough…] 8. down to bare fumes.
      At the end of the day , project cost doesn’t matter a damn, when you have a Guvment’ subsidizing an airline from a profit loss into looking stellar on the books.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Will this twit ever spewing verbal diarrhea?

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  21. Anonymous says:

    Kenny calls 2000 passengers a “smaller ship” which carriers more than the entire Brac population.
    There will have to be at least 50 buses each carrying 40 people, with lodging for drivers and tour guides.
    Hotels and restaurants will be swamped, higglers will invade the Island and the knock on effect will ruin the slower pace of life in the Brac.
    Go back to GTC where you belong and stay there Kenneth Bryan.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    This man boy is dead set on getting an airport or dock named after him.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    We have had the bewildered small cruise ship passengers here before. They want the same things that the Grand Cayman cruise shippers want: Cold beer and a bathroom, perhaps some food. At least Scott Dock has a minimal bathroom.

    Imagine temporarily doubling Cayman Brac’s population.
    Where to go?
    What to see?
    Where to Eat?
    Where to pee?

    saaaaay, that could be a song. Same song that most cruise passengers that land in Grand Cayman sing. I have several friends who came here to GC on a cruise ship. They will never ever do so again. Why? Because in spite of our picking them up and showing them around, there are MANY places they could cruise that has actual resources that support the masses of people.

    I’m not against small cruise ships in the Sister Islands. I am against disgorging masses of people that are wholly unsupported by the local resources, businesses and infrastructure. I’m sure the Baracuda Bar will be happy, but really, how many people can they service?

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  24. Patricia Bryan says:

    Respectfully Cayman Islands Government and Ministry of Tourism & Ports please go to our people on the Brac with this intention. As a long-arm descent of Brackers and listening over the years to many express various opinions on how they would like to see the island grow, respectfully the article doesn’t mention residents will be consulted. The Brac is almost the last chunk of the Cayman Islands many indigenous Caymanians have to grasp–“Grand” is 2/3 no longer ingenious Caymanian populated. I know Brackers will want the day that has gradually been instructed from us here on “Grand” (as the Brackers call Grand Cayman).

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  25. Anonymous says:

    I also have plans and I think the best move for me is to partner with a lunatic who spend north of $20M on a steakhouse

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  26. Anonymous says:

    “The sleepy nature of Cayman Brac” which he is hell bent on destroying.
    Leave it alone ffs , let’s have one place where “the Islands that time forgot” can still exist without Jamaican taxi and tour bus drivers.

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    • Anonymous says:

      We are all moving to Scotland anyway.

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      • Anonymous says:

        No, we [expletive] aren’t. What we are doing is digging in and hoping to God that our MPs have a clue about honouring what the people want for their own island.

        Here’s a clue, Moses and Julie — poll every voter on the Brac and see what they think. OMG!! What a concept!!! Who would ever think of actually listening to their constituents!!

        • Anonymous says:

          Will you be surprised when the smoke clears and everyone actually wants it? Or will you demand a recount and new criterial? I’m a Brac’er and I want some access to the sea. We need it. It’s time.

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        🤣

  27. Anonymous says:

    His millionaire friend Frank is itching to build a pier there I heard so his timing is very convenient. Hmmmm…

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    • Anonymous says:

      They’ll use each other.
      Bryan will be “encouraged” to push the project permit process, a win for Schilling, and Bryan will get to brag to ‘his people” how he saved the Brac economy.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Except for the part where neither of their idiotic plans will “save the Brac economy”

        Schilling is already trying to resell the land, perhaps he hasn’t told his old buddy Kenny boy that nugget just yet.

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  28. Anonymous says:

    Just vote him out please.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    our ministers can say what they want cos they never have to answer to the press or do government press briefings !
    welcome to wonderland!

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  30. Anonymous says:

    hey Kenny…what about those electric buses you were going to get from Bermuda??

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  31. Anonymous says:

    Caribbean journal obviously did not read up on the daily nonsense spewed by this fool….

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  32. Anonymous says:

    brac should be sold to a cruise company….then they can turn it into a private island.
    then at last grand Cayman would be free of the economic black hole that is Cayman brac

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    • Anonymous says:

      You are not from here. You have drawn favour from here, perhaps for many years. You have an axe to grind about the Brac that is probably caused by jealousy of a place that was *gasp* peaceful and self-sustaining. You might not know it, but the Sister Islands took care of themselves for more years than Grand Cayman did. The Brac, in particular, was the home of several families which built three-master schooners and sailed the open seas and in many ways helped build these islands.

      So, instead of showing your ass and misinformation, we would rather you just said, “thanks”.

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      • Anon of 2024 says:

        Amen 6:29! Cayman Brac survives in spite of all the negativity from Grand Cayman! When any one on GC can measure up to the successes of the Fosters, Tibbetts, Layman Scott’s families and other Brackers then they can talk. We are about education, hard work and giving back to our community. Bryan is trying to bring jobs to our community. Can we just be positive for a change?

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  33. Anonymous says:

    April fools day again?

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  34. Anonymous says:

    assclown

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  35. brackattacka says:

    As a Bracka who left there due to limited opportunities, it puzzles me to see my fellow Brackas complain that a tin of corn beef costs $15 yet oppose any and all opportunities to fuel the local economy. The Sister Islands are a forgotten piece of the Cayman Islands, and you’re delusional if you think any trickle down has happened in the past decades since the fuel transfer boom.

    “The Outer Islands” is what I hear people calling unna now.

    I don’t normally agree with Kenny but this is what Brac needs. Port Zeus certainly wasn’t about to nuke a whole mangrove forest yet here we are over in Grand, building highways for WHO? Otherwise enjoy the quiet life and high prices which coincides perfectly with a stagnant economy. Someone please teach “Economies of Scale” in the 50m school which will be the new Caymanian reserve once we finish sinking GCM.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You aren’t a ‘Bracka’. That is a lie. Anyone reading this can see it.

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      • brackattacka says:

        I was born and raised on the Brac. Blackie’s rum and raisin ice cream was the best. The simpleton mentality that I ran from is showing.

        I would sign my name but all unna do is gossip, act like crabs in a bucket, complain about any and everything and try to bring down anyone you don’t like or agree with.

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  36. Anonymous says:

    Or not.

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  37. lil Bobo in East End says:

    Please keep this man-child out of Cabinet next time!

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  38. Dumfounded says:

    I don’t really know why Kenny has a mouth. He certainly doesn’t use it for talking.

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