According to the Caribbean Journal, the Nevis Air and Sea Port Authority's (NAPSA's) chairman, Colin Dore, put the initiative down to an increase in yacht tourism, particularly with a number of local activities bringing traffic to the area, and added: "There is an upsurge now in yacht tourism within the Federation. There is Christophe Harbour coming on stream shortly and the Marina at Cades Bay, Tamarind Cove, coming on stream. We are trying to position ourselves to capitalise on whatever spin-off there will be from those activities."
A test-run of the project has already taken place, with superyacht Clan VIII being the first superyacht to test the refuelling facility.
Clan VIII's captain, Captain David Evans, spoke exclusively to SuperyachtNews.com about the test-run which took place prior to the yacht's participation in the St. Barths Bucket. "The refuelling at Nevis was really because of the schedule. We departed Palma late February and arrived in Antigua with fuel enough for the Bucket," explained Captain Evans. "The owner came out a little early and we cruised with him around Anguilla before heading to St. Barths to practise for the Bucket. The owner is an avid golfer and we all really wanted to see the new development in St Kitts so I asked GAC, our usual fuelling agents, to look into this for us … In fact, [the owner] had a round of golf while we moved to Long Point and fuelled up.
"The service itself was simple with a truck coming to the dock. It was a question of fittings, which I have found an issue in quite a few places. All the people on the ground were extremely friendly - we even had a local news team there."
The test-run did suggest the facility wasn't quite up to standards yet, but the positive experience certainly showed it wasn't far off. "I would say the dock needs improvement for taking superyachts," added Captain Evans, "but otherwise I was happy with the service - and the owner did not even have to miss a beat of his holiday. It was a win-win situation."