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T&T PM visits oil spill in Tobago 5 days later?

sgtdjones 2024-02-11 18:37:03 

Tobago was never ready for this

T&T PM visits oil spill in Tobago 5 days later?
What are you trying to stop we fete " carnival"

No Coast Guards vessels in Tobago , nor no response
5 days later the PM will take a team of ministers to hold a press conference.News of the disaster was yesterday reported by the BBC as well as several smaller international news outlets and marine interests, including in China.Mangroves along the Magdalena Grand have been affected, as well as the boardwalk at Tobago Plantations.

Five days after a seemingly unoccupied oil products tanker called the Gulfstream was found spewing oil-like deposits off the coast of Canoe Bay near the Cove Eco-Industrial and Business Park, the mess has impacted reefs and the coast from Rockley Bay to Scarborough and much of Tobago’s southwestern coastline. Authorities were still working to track the origins of the vessel that caused the emergency—which was also searched by divers for bodies when it was discovered.

The FFOS has, meanwhile, blasted Trinidad and Tobago for failing to update its maritime policies and protect marine resources, as the owners of vessels bearing a “Flag of Convenience” can’t be pursued by the law, even after causing damage. Aboud said there were many abandoned vessels in the Gulf of Paria, as well as fishing and cargo vessels operating within T&T’s waters, that bore a “Flag of Convenience”.
Aboud further warned of potential hazards to residents near the spill.

Pic Oil Spill

Curtis 2024-02-13 01:20:43 

Maybe due to Carnival season flights to Tobago were hard to come by?

KTom 2024-02-16 09:33:28 

Trinidad's Coast Guard found that at least two vessels allegedly bound for Guyana - a tugboat and a barge - were involved in an incident that led to the spill, the National Security ministry said in a release on Wednesday.

"The barge was being towed by a tug, the Solo Creed from Panama," the ministry said, adding that it remains unknown whether any lives were lost in the incident. Authorities in Panama, Aruba and Guyana have been contacted by Trinidad and regional group Caricom to gather information as part of the investigation.

The tugboat and the barge were identified in satellite pictures taken three days before the incident in the Caribbean Sea, reviewed by According to the monitoring service, the vessels were heading to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


Hard to believe, even in the murky world of international shipping, that, more than a week after the event, the authorities don't know who the owners/operators are. This ship's not a tiddler - it's over 300 feet long! Probably being kept quiet for legal purposes.

Jumpstart 2024-02-16 12:52:00 

In reply to sgtdjones

the oil spill was only declared a national disaster by TEMA on Thursday 8th February. PM was there by Sunday. Not that he could miraculously solve it. What is important to find out is who the owner is, and where it was destined for. Investigations have shown the boat was destined for Guyana so it is simply a matter of finding out who the owner is. I don't think it should be that difficult. The guyanese government has already confirmed that the vessels were destined for them but did not arrive as anticipated

sgtdjones 2024-02-17 00:52:00 

In reply to Jumpstart


“There’s a sense that the politicians try to run everything themselves. And it should not have been the minister to respond. He should have come after the technical team had arrived. So, the problems are much deeper than the symptoms you are seeing. The ministry has the Chief Director of Operations responsible for that, the Permanent Secretary would have gotten involved too. The minister probably went at the right time he was supposed to go but somebody should have been there two days earlier. The system is broken.”

A nation with a century-long history of oil production was caught off guard when an oil spill suddenly appeared.
They lacked both knowledge and tools to resolve the issue...Presently, the disarray. Begging for help.

Manning purchased a 360 radar system from Israel. However, it failed to identify foreign vessels traversing the waterways of Trinidad and Tobago.
Where is the Coast Guard amidst the presence of numerous vessels, which have been subjected to significant financial investment, currently idle and deteriorating in Stauble's bay?
There were no boats present in Tobago when citizens made phone calls. What was the reason for this?
However, vast amounts of money are being allocated to national security despite the presence of easily penetrable borders.

The occurrence of this event presents a problem:

A significant number of boreholes have been dug in the oceans surrounding Trinidad and Tobago.
In the event of an incident, what measures are in place to prevent the contamination of different condensates?
T&T lacks the necessary resources to investigate or resolve this issue.
Consequently, the infrastructure will deteriorate after the multinational companies depart.
What occurs subsequently?

Experts are issuing a cautionary message over the aging oil pipelines in T&T, with some exceeding their intended lifespan and suffering from corrosion.
These pipelines, spanning over 1000 miles across both land and water, are in need of urgent attention.
Occasionally, we receive reports of land and Gulf of Paria leaks when such reaches fishing villages.
However, there is a lack of knowledge on the heavy oil and condensates that drop to the bottom of the gulf.
Fishermen say their best catches are around such drilling platforms. These fish are unfit for human consumption.

T&T, Cancer poses a significant threat, leading to a distressing demise. The numbers will increase over the next decade.
Unfortunately, your government's limited access to healthcare resources renders them unable to provide adequate assistance, unless you have been a member of Parliament.