Safety measures resulted in reduced river accidents in 2018

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Several safety measures, which were initiated by the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) this year resulted in a reduction in river accidents and deaths so far in 2018, when compared to 2017.

A statement from MARAD on Wednesday noted that in 2018, there were four deaths from January to October, whereas in 2017, nine deaths were recorded during the same period.

In the case of persons sustaining injuries as a result of river accidents, during the period, January to October 2018, only three were recorded, as compared to seven for 2017, the release noted.

“Total number of river accidents recorded so far for this year is, five, whereas, in 2017, eighteen was recorded for that year.

“MARAD will be implementing new safety measures in the New Year in an effort to minimize accidents occurring on the waterways of Guyana,” the statement pointed out.

Some of the safety initiatives taken were training and certification exercises for passenger vessel operators in Regions 1, 2, 7, and 8, and enforcement activities along the riverain areas of the country.

The enforcement activities were a collaborative effort between MARAD and the GDF Coast Guard.

Additionally, operators were also given an opportunity to visit MARAD’s Safety Centers located in the areas of Bartica, Mabaruma, and Charity to commence the process of certification so as to operate their vessels on the waterways.

The total number of boat operators receiving Harbour and River Competency Licenses so far, stemming from training in the hinterland areas is 65.

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