Rumors that the Marsh Harbour International Port had failed to comply with International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and was in danger of losing its international status if not brought into compliance within four months, were denied by Port Director Captain Cyril Roker.
According to one source, the United States Coast Guard had conducted an inspection of the port sometime in April and found numerous deficiencies, some of which as noted in a previous article have existed for three or more years.
The Coast Guard outlined a list of deficiencies to the Marsh Harbour Port Department; however, it was said that the Port Director indicated that they have no funds to correct the issues.
They were given six months to address and correct the issue, failing that the port will become ISPS non-compliant, and ships will not be able to travel to the US.
Should the Port become non-compliant it would have major implications to trade and seriously impact the local grocery stores, as well as developments like Bakers and Winding Bays, and construction among other things.
Additionally, according to information received, the warehouse is a safety hazard, and it is highly probable that Environmental Health shuts it down soon due to rat infestation and raw sewerage bubbling up from the septic tanks.
The Port Director, Cyril Roker, visited the port on June 27 to inspect the conditions there and address concerns.
Mr. Roker said “I visited the Marsh Harbour Port to look into matters arising from concerns that have surface on social media.
“Please be advised that an audit of the Port of Marsh Harbour was carried out by the United States Coast Guard along with our ISPS Coordinator; Lt. Cmdr. Barry. The Port facility did not fail this audit but there were a few concerns that was noted in their report and they are currently being addressed.
“Due to the nature of our ISPS compliance, I cannot mentioned the concerns noted; however, I could assure you that they are being addressed, and I will keep you updated to the issues that have arisen through social media,” he said.
The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies.