Speedboat strike: Coast guard boats being used to transport stranded passengers
Stranded passengers at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara and at Stabroek Stelling in Georgetown are being transported free of charge with the use of Coast Guard boats after speedboat operators started striking on Friday for an increase in fares.
The Coast Guard vessels can only accommodate between six to 10 persons.
Minister of Home Affairs Robeson Benn is currently on the ground.
The strike further resulted in a huge build-up of traffic on the western end of the Demerara Harbour Bridge.
Just two days ago, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) issued a notice that there is no increase in the fare for Stabroek to Vreed-en-Hoop route.
MARAD issued the notice after receiving reports that some operators are requesting more than the approved fare of $100 for this service.
The notice further warned boat operators who engage in demanding increased fares will face disciplinary action.
Passengers were also encouraged to report any boat operator who charges an increase.