The Jamaican government has decided to change the location of a planned transshipment terminal because of environmental and wildlife considerations.
Originally the terminal was to be sited at Goat Island which is part of the Portland Bight Protected Area and contains an endangered species of iguana.
The terminal, on the southwest coast of the island, would have been part of a larger logistics hub and its major developer – along with the Jamaican government – has been Chinese firm China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).
Conservation groups welcomed the decision but remain watchful as to the next proposed location. And there is still a plan for a LNG receiving terminal to be built in the same vicinity, which appeals because of its deep waters.