Passengers left stranded at Supenaam after ferry captain claims ‘exhaustion’


Passengers travelling from Supenaam to Parika were left stranded for hours on Sunday at the Supenaam Stelling in Region Two after the Captain of the Kanawan Ferry and its crew claimed they were exhausted.

The News Room understands that the ferry schedules were disrupted due to a cruise from Parika to Supenaam that was organised on Sunday.

The cruise resulted in the Kanaman Ferry operating alone and the Captain, identified as Navin Singh, claimed after conducting six trips, he and his crew were tired.

According to a passenger who was scheduled to travel on the 15:00hrs ferry, he was told that instead it would be leaving at 18:00hrs. However, the ferry never left until 05:45hrs on Monday.

Angry passengers said they were told that the captain ‘vanished’.

“We bought our tickets and we were waiting, the boat fully loaded and time going no one said nothing, some persons have an appointment so they took the speedboat other persons had perishable,” the passenger told the News Room.

When the News Room contacted Singh, he related that he informed his supervisor of feeling exhausted.

Singh said he is unaware of why the supervisor continued to sell tickets knowing that he already reported that they would “stand down for the trip”.

Passengers are claiming that they were not informed and they had to wait for long hours.

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