TRELAWNY, Jamaica – The Appeals Tribunal of the Access to Information Act instructed that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) release documents related to the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier in Trelawny, to the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). However, the order has been denied, pending legal action.
In September 2012, JET requested the Ground Lease Agreement and the Piers Usage Agreement between the PAJ and Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited with regard to the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier.
Access to these documents was denied on the basis that they contained confidential information of a commercial nature, which would prejudice the interests of the parties.
JET filed an appeal under the ATI Act to the Appeals Tribunal, contending that the confidential information could be redacted and the rest of the documents provided.
The order directed that the PAJ release the documents requested to JET and specified what information was to be redacted. Despite the decision, the documents have still not been provided.
JET was recently advised by the PAJ that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has applied for and received permission to proceed with Judicial Review of the tribunal’s decision.
An order was also made that the permission operates as a stay of the tribunal’s decision for release of the documents while the judicial review is being litigated.