Barges to transport supplies across the Demerara River; more speedboat boarding points are activated – Demerara Waves Online News – Guyana

Updated on Saturday, October 8, 2022, 8:56 p.m. by Denis Chabrol

Efforts are underway to deploy barges to transport supplies across the Demerara River, even as workers aim to repair the bridge at Demerara Port and resume operations by next week, the minister of health said on Saturday. Juan Edghill Public Works.

The Demerara Harbor Bridge was damaged and misaligned early Saturday morning when a tanker, the MV Tradewind Passion, rammed it.

With the Georgetown and Vreed-en-Hoop ferry stellings in dilapidated conditions and unable to accommodate large ferries, he said other facilities were being inspected and an announcement would be made. “We need to be able to use the regular barge start and landing points from the east side to the west side and there are options that we are looking at depending on the type of barges available and we are looking for,” he said. . Mr Edghill noted that the waterway near the stellings could not accommodate barges due to heavy silt.

Rice, fruits and vegetables from as far away as the Essequibo coast are brought to Georgetown and the east coast of Demerara.

Mr Edghill said the barges would move lorries loaded with supplies down the river to minimize the impact on the supply chain.

In an effort to ease speedboat congestion and relieve commuters, the Minister for Public Works said they could board speedboats at the floating ramp at the Vreed-en-Hoop Boat House, and from the bridge of the port of Demerara at Peter’s Hall at La Grange, and possibly Diamond, East Bank Demerara in Wales, West Bank Demerara.

Mr Edghill hoped the Demerara Harbor Bridge would be repaired and back in service by Monday, although he did not rule out that the work would take much longer.

The government said it was also stepping up security and lighting near the Georgetown and Vreed-en-Hoop stellings where speedboat passengers embark and disembark. “It may take some time to get the best optimized situation in place overnight, but security will be tightened in areas on both sides of the river,” Home Secretary Robeson Benn said.

The government also announced that vehicle owners could park their cars within the grounds of the Providence Cricket Stadium where there would be security and they could cross the river by speedboat.

Mr Edghill said the construction tower lights would be moved to the Stabroek market area near the stelling.

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