THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN’S largest fuel tank – the Marina at Christophe Harbour – has delivered 30,000 gallons of fuel to its first customer, a 66-metre Feadship motoryacht with 18 crewmembers fresh from an Atlantic crossing. It was the largest bunkering session for a yacht in St Kitts, which took only around four hours.
The Marina at Christophe Harbour is home to the largest fuel farm facility dedicated to a marina in the Eastern Caribbean with an onsite tank capacity of 48,000 US gallons. This enables the marina to offer 40,000 US gallons per day of in-slip fuelling for vessels, with up to 125 gallons per minute of Sol-supplied, ultra-low sulphur diesel. Christophe Harbour’s duty-free fuel costs about 10 cents less per US gallon than the local average, and the new fuel farm adds an important facility to the regional superyacht infrastructure.
“Today marks a paradigm shift, in terms of the yachting industry,” says St Kitts’ Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant. “Not only for St Kitts and Nevis, but for the Eastern Caribbean. What you’ve done here will extend our season, which is fantastic not only for the yachts which will arrive here in terms of numbers, but fantastic in terms of the economic benefits and spin offs that we are going to get.”
Several other vessels heading to Antigua have also taken advantage of fuelling, with several bookings made in November and December after the 66m motoryacht’s fuelling. www.christopheharbour.com/marina.
PHOTO: CHRITSTOPPHE HARBOUR.