Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin, said that they are deploying a technical officer to stabilize the port in Marsh Harbour after receiving reports of the poor conditions at both the domestic and international sides.
Reports of poor conditions include the use of the domestic dock as a junk yard as presently there is a vehicle that is being stripped for parts on the dock. There are three to four Haitian vessels that are frequently stationed at the dock.
The gate to the domestic side, which is supposed to be closed and locked after hours, has been broken for years. There is a garbage bin, presumably used by those on the Haitian vessels, which is over-flowing and has not been collected in over a month.
On the international side there are a number of maintenance and repair issues that remain unresolved as well as a lack of lighting on the harbour channel markers, among other issues.
Mrs. Hanna-Martin said the situation is not good and that the “Ministry of Transport and Aviation is in the process of implementing a number of measures to strengthen the security at the Marsh Harbour port facility and to rehabilitate physical conditions.”
She said these steps include the repair of lighting, installation of CCTV and the addition of a Port Officer with extensive maritime training whose major task will be to ensure ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) compliance at that facility
Mrs. Hanna-Martin said “It is intended that [the Port Officer] will be in post within the next few days. A manpower review is currently being undertaken.”