Maritime Administration looks to strengthen rules governing river transport – 28th Jan 2013
As families prepare to bury their dead from the Horrific 2 boat smash up in the Mazaruni last week, preparations are underway for officials of the Maritime Administration to travel up to the Mazaruni to the site to find out what exactly happened. Ten bodies have been recovered up to Monday afternoon in that tragedy in the Mazaruni River on January 22. The MARAD is a regulatory body concerned with overseeing the maritime sector and its Director General, Claudette Rogers, told Capitol News that surveys will be conducted by the officers of the Department to gather all the information to come up with a clearer picture of what happened on the fateful day.
Capitol news also understands, that following this latest tragedy on Guyana’s waterways, stricter monitoring of vessels plying the many routes will be done to reduce not only accidents, but the loss of lives. This will also include the monitoring of all the marine centres around Guyana, as well as the enforcement of the use of proper life-jackets.
The dead who included 2 brothers were in one of two small vessels was heading to Parika with around 12 passengers when it collided with another speedboat heading in the opposite direction. All the passengers in the other vessel survived the collision.