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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Dr. Marcia Potter has assured the business community that the installation of sea markers will not hinder their business activities and livelihood.
The assurance comes as the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) prepare to demarcate sections of several harbours and bays to ensure safe passage of vessels.
Dr. Potter said the universal navigational markers signal the safe access points into high use bays thus reducing risk to visiting yachts and the environment in the event of groundings due to navigational error.
“The restoration and establishment of the equipment to aid the safe travel of vessels into high traffic bays is needed.” Dr. Potter further added, “We will like to assure the business community specifically from Trellis Bay that the installation of these sea markers will not hinder the business activities and their livelihood as access to the Government’s dock along the west of Bellamy Cay still remains.
The Permanent Secretary said the reinstatement of the navigational system post 2017 hurricanes at Cane Garden Bay, Trellis Bay, North Sound (Saba Rock/Oil Nut Bay) White Bay, and Jost Van Dyke is imperative to ensure safety of residents and visitors especially during the tourist season.
Following the storms of 2017, the BVI Ports Authority reinstated the majority of the markers leaving a few remaining areas to undertake installations. Stakeholder meetings were held to discuss the outstanding markers and identify areas of opportunity to improve navigational safety.
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SailorAs a sailor I agree that the last 4 markers serve no other navigational purpose than as a channel to the new 100ft long loose mongoose dock which as some else has remarked makes you wonder if they are putting a marina in, which if they are would be a travesty to the seabed in that area which has so much wildlife. The 4 extra markers in the bay are smack bang in the middle of the mooring field and even though they are trying to move the moorings, the way the markers are laid out it just isn’t practical. This is all such a shame when it looks like this is the first year since IRMA all the businesses will be open and they are working so hard to bring the bareboat charters (who are the biggest tourist sector in the BVI) back to Trellis. Tortola has so little in the way of major events that the Full Moon Parties are a destination event with people booking their holidays around them. To limit the mooring balls seems counterintuitive to helping the Trellis community grow again. It would be nice if the person responsible for this decision listened. To be honest I am amazed they are still there and haven’t been pulled.
AragornPlease get a grip ....If you take away 1/3 of a mooring field and make it a shipping channel - you interrupt is viability for business as a safe mooring field. For bureaucrats who don’t understand the sea - please think of it like putting a highway through a parking lot...it not good for the customers getting out of their car and walking to the store- it’s not good for the drivers who might hit them etc and it takes up a lot of the parking space you had before - get it now ?
Get those STUPID channel markers out of Trellis Bay right away - they serve NO PURPOSE !