Update On The Removal Of Derelict Ships In Portsmouth
Honorable Ian Douglas, Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs says that the removal of derelict ships from the bay front in Dominica is one of the biggest achievements in the Portsmouth constituency that the Government has achieved.
He highlighted the more successful days of the Bay Front in Portsmouth that served as a Port of Call for trade ships in the history of the Island.
Since the initial commencement in January 2012 the removal of 5 derelict ships along the bay front in Portsmouth has been progressing steadily and is making a positive impact on the residents of Portsmouth.
Venezuelan Ambassador, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva says that ALBA is happy to assist in the removal of these environmentally hazardous wrecks.
A team of workers are systematically breaking down the wrecks by cutting out the mental components and packaging them for shipment to another country.
Approximately 1200 gallons of liquid waste that included oils, diesel and water has been recollected around the wrecks and disposed of.
Mr. Douglas says that the project is well received in the community and is another successful partnership with Dominica and ALBA.
The next stage of the removal of the ships will be the creation of dikes to accommodate the removal of the underwater section of the ships.