MARAD employing strict measures for ships to protect GPL cables

– Minister Indar
– cable manufacturers to arrive soon

The Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) has rolled out new measures to prevent further damage of the GPL’s 69kV submarine cable across the Demerara River.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, Hon. Deodat Indar relayed this on Monday while at the Guyana-Suriname Open Skies Agreement signing ceremony.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, Hon. Deodat Indar

“We have put some very strict systems in place with MARAD in terms of having ships anchored in the area what is called Area-C in the Demerara River, which really is where Line-6 comes from Vreed-en-Hoop to Kingston,” Minister Indar said.

“MARAD has been instructed to not have any ship anchor in that vicinity,” he added.

Further, MARAD will also enhance its monitoring activities of vessels within the area to protect the 13.9kV line across the River.

Concerning repairs to the damaged cable, manufacturers will depart China, on Wednesday, for Guyana to execute repairs.

Minister Indar said the manufacturers have informed him that repairs are likely to take two weeks.

The total cost of the repairs is yet to be determined. The cable was struck by a ship’s anchor on Friday, resulting in severe damage to an existing splicing joint from a similar incident last year.

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