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Marad asked to Resuscitate Maritime Security Committee

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Written by Administrator | 24.11.11

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For as long as one can remember no major rehabilitation has taken place in the central harbor of Port Georgetown which is the hub of trading activities in the country.  Terminal operators, shipping companies and their agents have been lobbying the Maritime Administration Department for some time in an effort to bring relief for navigators in the Demerara channel.

With a low tide draught of 4.5 metres, vessels are forced to enter or leave with half their full loads which results in less exports and imports and higher freight costs over which operators have no control. It is known that higher costs always trickle down to the end user. The Dredger owned by the Maritime Administration Department, the ‘Steve N’, is approximately 30 years old and has become less productive, struggling to carry out even routine dredging and would definitely not be able to undertake the capital dredging that is needed.

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