Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Headless chickens

MARAD to further enhance port safety

Georgetown, GINA, January 21, 2008.

More investments will be made to carry out activities that will improve the country’s ships’ channel, navigation systems and enhance safety in the port sector through the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).
This year, extensive dredging of the ships’ channel will continue while emphasis will be placed on improvement of navigation aids in the Demerara channel and navigation system at the Lighthouse. In addition, both flag and port state inspections will continue while efforts will be made to maintain a 24-hour per day pilotage.

Minister of Transport and Hydraulics Robeson Benn said while these activities are planned, greater attention will be given to enhancing safety since there is need for this, particularly as it relates to operations of vessels such as trawlers and fishing boats...Blah, blah, blah...

Guyana 360: We just cannot understand the thinking of government officials. We agree with the dredging, but will the channel be ready to accept those larger cruise ships? Fising boats and freight vessels are too small a economic turnover that Guyana so desperately needs. We ought to be able toattract tourists by the hundreds. When we can attact the cruise ships, we will finally actually see those hundreds of tourists visiting our shores that the tourism minister so often boasts about. The dredging of the channel to accomodate cruise ships, has been a talking point for the current administration and is similiar to other talking points like the national drug master plan, hydro-power, wind generation and the list continues...

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