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WICO DOCK TO HAVE ROOM FOR 3 SUPER-SIZE SHIPS

Sept. 15, 2003 – With the completion of encapsulation work on the Havensight dock targeted for Sept. 27, The West Indian Co. expects to be able to berth simultaneously any three of the largest cruise ships afloat today.
And WICO will put that capability to the test three days later, when Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, the Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Legend will all be calling at St. Thomas and tying up at the dock.
Lined up stems to sterns, the three ships have an aggregate length of 2,876 feet, which is a couple of hundred feet more than half a mile.
The Navigator is 1,020 feet long, weighs 137,276 gross tons, and carries 3,114 passengers based on double occupancy of staterooms (up to 3,840 with more in a cabin) and a crew of 1,185.
The Legend is 963 feet long, weighs 88,500 gross tons and carries 2,124 double occupancy guests and a crew of 900.
The Triumph is 893 feet long, weighs 101,509 gross tons and carries 2,758 double occupancy passengers and a crew of 1,100.
In a release issued on Monday, WICO also announced two changes in its land facilities:
– The company is in the final stages of installing a generator unit capable of powering the entire Havensight Shopping Mall "within seconds of any power interruption." The unit, "coupled with the underground utility system installed last year, will ensure that the mall can operate at all times even after the most severe natural occurrences," the release stated.
It noted that tourism represents 64 percent of the Virgin Islands' gross territorial product and said the company management "is cognizant of the role that it plays in the tourism economy."
– WICO's administrative offices are being consolidated this week into a new location, the old dock office building, which is being updated with communications and weather monitoring systems as well as a conference room that will be available for local suppliers to meet with cruise line personnel.
The administrative offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday to accommodate the move, the release stated, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 22. It quoted Edward E. Thomas Sr., WICO president and chief executive officer, as saying the company will be able to operate "even more efficiently with its new one-stop shopping system."

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