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Dr. Roger Luncheon says dredging of the River needs to be 24 hours a day.

dem 1 storyThe current build up of silt in the Demerara River continues to make it difficult for large ships to conduct business in and out of the River.

Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon says dredging of the River needs to be boosted to 24 hours a day in order to facilitate Ocean going ships from Port Georgetown.

Dr. Luncheon said the issue of cost has to be addressed if a 24 hour operation is to be implemented and it’s an urgency recognized by the Government.

Businesses over the years have complained about the lack of attention of the Demerara outfall channel making it difficult or large Ships to traverse the River.

Earlier this month Chairman of the Private/Public Trade Dialogue in Guyana, Christopher Fernandes made an urgent plea for government to find a new location for the Georgetown port.

He was reported saying that there are severe restrictions at the current Georgetown Port location as the channel is “silting up” and the port can only accommodate vessels with a measurement of 7.3 meters.

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