Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey. (FP)

With Tropical Storm Gonzalo forecast to pass close to Barbados on Saturday, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy has worked tirelessly to help fisherfolk secure their vessels.

And Minister Kirk Humphrey is pleased with the way in which their efforts have progressed, noting that they were able to move vessels to safe harbour quickly this time around, and ensure the safety of the operators.

Speaking on hurricane preparedness for the maritime sector today on the sidelines of an aquaponics project launch at Adams Aquafarm in St. Thomas, Minister Humphrey commended operators of small craft and fishing vessels on their early response to the notice issued by the Fisheries Division on Wednesday.  It advised on the protocol to be followed, and listed the hauling sites. 

Minister Humphrey said several boats were hauled by the Fisheries Division at Consett Bay yesterday. 

He also thanked Port St. Charles for its offer to accommodate vessels in the waters north of the island, stating that many have sought shelter there.

The Maritime Affairs Minister further noted that provision was made at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex to accommodate vessels from Oistins.  

He also stated that the Ministry would “undertake the cost” for “persons who wanted to lift out their vessels in Bridgetown … so that those fishing vessels would be safe [in the situation] where space is limited.”

Minister Humphrey reiterated that this was part of Government’s objective of enhancing its preparedness for, and response to disasters, as well as ensuring the safety of all.

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