Soufriere Foun­da­tion to As­sume Man­age­ment of Jet­ties in Soufriere

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Soufriere Re­gional Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (SRDF) will as­sume man­age­ment of the jet­ties in port Soufriere and en­sure that stip­u­lated dock­ing fees are col­lected from De­cem­ber 1st, 2016.These jet­ties in­clude the main port­ing dock, a board­walk fa­cil­ity, a Fish­eries Com­plex unit and a smaller pier lo­cated on the Hum­ming­bird beach in Soufriere. The past sev­eral weeks have seen the or­ga­ni­za­tion en­gaged in struc­tural and re­fur­bish­ment work on the main jetty pri­mar­ily due to its di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion and the many com­plaints over the past few years of dam­age to boats and in­ad­e­quate sup­ple­men­tary fa­cil­i­ties to ac­com­mo­date the safe and se­cure moor­ing of sea ves­sels.

One of the man­dates of the SRDF in con­junc­tion with the Saint Lu­cia Air and Sea Ports Au­thor­ity (SLASPA) is to en­sure close ad­her­ence to the In­ter­na­tional Se­cu­rity and Port Fa­cil­ity (ISPF) Code due to its far reach­ing reper­cus­sions if con­tra­vened; hence, the need to en­sure that stan­dards and pro­to­col at the jet­ties were not be­ing com­pro­mised also be­came a ma­jor fac­tor in de­ter­min­ing the com­mence­ment of the project.

The ini­tial stage of ren­o­va­tion which cost ap­prox­i­mately $30,000.00 saw the con­struc­tion of a se­cu­rity booth, the for­ti­fy­ing of con­crete foot land­ings, the re­place­ment of dam­aged pon­toon cleats, iron­mon­gery works to an en­trance gate and paint­ing of ap­pro­pri­ate sig­nage and the de­mar­ca­tion of safety zones on the jetty's walk­way.

More­over, the sec­ondary phase of the project is due to com­mence on Mon­day Novem­ber 28th, 2016 with a goal of fully re­fur­bish­ing the smaller pier lo­cated on the Hum­ming­bird beach. The scope of works for this smaller fa­cil­ity was de­vel­oped by the Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture and in­cludes the re­moval of sur­face boards, con­crete re­in­force­ment and the plac­ing of floor planks. In ad­di­tion to these in­ter­ven­tions, a staffing booth will be con­structed for the hous­ing of se­cu­rity per­son­nel and the fa­cil­i­ta­tion of dock­ing fee col­lec­tion.

“We are elated to see the re­al­iza­tion of this project in its en­tirety; more specif­i­cally, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is com­forted on see­ing the smaller pier fa­cil­ity fully re­fur­bished and com­mis­sioned for use within a struc­tured, au­tho­rized and safe sys­tem. The jetty has been in dis­re­pair for an ex­tended pe­riod of time and its use by small plea­sure craft op­er­a­tors for dis­em­bark­ing and board­ing, put its clients, who are gen­er­ally for­eign vis­i­tors in grave dan­ger and the rep­u­ta­tion of the country at stake,” stated Mr. Jimmy Haynes, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the SRDF.

Ms. La­toya Mar­tial, Dock Su­per­vi­sor at the SRDF com­mended the Board of Di­rec­tors of the or­ga­ni­za­tion for its swift ap­proval for the com­mence­ment of work on the jet­ties, “I am ex­tremely pleased with what has been done thus far, the boat cap­tains have also ex­pressed the same sen­ti­ments and rec­og­nize our com­mit­ment on see­ing them op­er­ate in a safe and wel­com­ing fa­cil­ity.

Af­ter weeks of con­struc­tion, the main jetty in Soufriere will now be un­der the man­agem­net of the Soufriere Foun­da­tion.

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