Emmanuel: VROMI did as it should

PHILIPSBURG—Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Christopher Emmanuel insisted once again in a press release issued late on Sunday that his ministry is doing what it should be doing in the salvaging of the wreckages left behind by the destruction of Hurricane Irma in the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

Emmanuel was reacting to a recent release issued by Sarah Wescot-Williams on the issue.

“The Ministry has been working diligently with the processing of salvaging permits. Thus far 90 salvaging permits have been given between the two companies Aquatic Solutions NV and Seacure Marine Construction,” he stated in the press release. “VROMI understands the severity of the state of the Simpson Bay lagoon but also needs to make sure that companies working have the proper documentation in place.”

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“There was some confusion post hurricanes Irma and Maria pertaining to salvaging wrecks and the barge “Titan” that was brought by Marine Management & Consulting,” he continued. “Chairlady Sarah Wescot-Williams brought the barge to the attention of the coalition members as well as the council of Ministers and questioned why the barge was not being operated at the time.  Thus it is confusing as to why she would mention in various media interviews she was unaware of the barge.”

“The Port Department in Nassau Bahamas made it clear that they are in full agreement that the vessel in question, Motor Vessel TITAN, should not be allowed to operate outside of her specified trading area,” he added. “Acting Head Maritime affairs, Claudius Carty, mentioned in the press release dated October 26, 2017, that the barge was headed back to the Bahamas and expressed that it was very sad to see the facts being twisted in order to try and justify the willful wrongdoing of an operator.”

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/71300-emmanuel-vromi-did-as-it-should