SHIPS OPERATING in Barbados’ territorial waters must adhere to the standards set out by Government in relation to pollution.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey issued a word of caution in this regard to the regional cargo shipping agency Tropical Shipping, whose newest ship was christened in the Bridgetown Port yesterday.
Godmother of the MV Tropic Island, Barbadian Silma Lashley, who has worked with Tropical Shipping for 38 years, performed the traditional christening ritual of breaking a bottle of champagne on the side of the ship, which will be using Barbados as its trans-shipment point.
Humphrey told the local and visiting Tropical Shipping officials that Barbados had crafted “a new vision that speaks to innovation, becoming a green place to do business and being the best by the year 2033”. He added it was Government’s intention to see the island become the “best port in the world”.
“But I also feel that in the context of that, there is a responsibility being placed on the people with whom we do business,” the minister said, as he noted there were countries which had allowed ships into their territorial waters which engaged in pollution and dumping. (GC)
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