Construction of Falmouth Pier
In August 2010, loan financing totaling $894 million (US$11 million) was approved for the UDC to support the redevelopment and upgrade of the town of Falmouth. This was in tandem with the construction of a cruise pier and terminal by the Port Authority of Jamaica and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to accommodate the Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world. Of the approved amount, approximately $154.6 million (US$1.8 million) was disbursed during that year.
Under the project, the UDC focused on upgrading the physical and social infrastructure of Falmouth to enable the town to capitalize on the benefits of the tourist traffic and to improve the condition of the historic town for its residents. The project will result in the construction of a new regional headquarters for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, improved solid waste collection, traffic management and relocation of squatters to improve conditions just outside of the town.