T&HD responds to G/T ferry stelling stairway mishap

12th June, 2014

KINGSTON - The Management of the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) wishes to express its concern at the way some sections of the media have portrayed the recent problems with the steps at the Georgetown Ferry Stelling on Monday June 9, 2014.

These steps are used by the small passenger boats plying the Georgetown – Vreed-en-Hoop Service.

At approximately 09:45 hours, it was reported to the T&HD that a speedboat had made a hard mooring into the stairs. This impact caused three treads of the steps to dislodge and also cut a tie-rod that holds the string boards together.

Workers were immediately dispatched to effect repairs.

The Management of the Transport & Harbours Department is very mindful of its obligations to provide safe access to persons using the service but it needs greater care and cooperation from the boat captains. Further it will be working with the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) to rein-in reckless captains like the one whose boat damaged the steps.