Grenadines wharf location could cause security ‘contamination’

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The proximity of the Grenadines Wharf to the Cruise Ship Terminal here is of special concern to port security officials in the United States since it could lead to “contamination”.

Travellers to the Grenadines often face the inconvenience of having their person and belongings searched by police in Kingstown, Northern Grenadines representative Dr. Godwin Friday told Parliament Monday.

He asked Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr. Ralph Gonsalves if there is a policy of searching every person travelling to that part of this multi-island nation.

Gonsalves said that while no such policy exists, police search conduct searches at the port based on “intelligence”.

He, however, said the close proximity of the Cruise Terminal and the Grenadines Ferry Pier “is a challenge” that “demands that special security arrangement be put in place”.

He told lawmakers that port security officials in the United States say the situation could lead to “contamination”.

“It is not a word that I would use but they are using it from the standpoint of security – especially when cruise ships are in port,” Gonsalves said.

Border security issues are serious, including in relations to stolen and smuggled goods, and illegal drugs, he said, noting the 360-degree radar surveillance of St. Vincent.

And with the International Shipping and Port Security Code, the government has had to spend about EC$4 million to made changes at the ports and spends EC$1.7 million annually on port security.

Further, the United States makes unannounced security evaluations of the nation’s ports.

The latest was in February, with positive review, and Gonsalves said that if the country fails the inspections, the United States could restrict its ships from sailing here.

“If we don’t pass the security checks, we can put restrictions on us in respect of vessels coming to St. Vincent. Can you imagine a vessel leaving the United States [and] they say you can’t come to St. Vincent because you don’t have proper port security? Do you know what that means for us? We buy goods and services,” Gonsalves said.

He further said that the inspections by the U.S. officials have not found any major security breach or defect at the nation’s ports, including those outside of Kingstown.

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5 thoughts on “Grenadines wharf location could cause security ‘contamination’

  1. The problem at the back of the American security service minds is our contamination by crap states, states known to support terrorism, and support other states who support terrorism. They believe our being pallywally with these scum states puts American tourists at risk.

    North Korea
    ALBA lunatic Marxist Dictators
    And many more of the choice Gonsalves collection.

    Posted by Peter | March 28, 2012, 19:44
  2. I suppose if it were practicable the ferry service would be moved to Georgetown. It will be closer to the hospital there. Then when the volcano erupts both the hospital and ferry service can both be destroyed at the same time.
    According to the cycle the volcano is due during the present Gonsalves rule. What is really great is that Donkey has built his house within reach of the ash, stone and boulders that will be spewed out.

    Donkey will be rubbing his hands, think of all the donations we will get, with little need of scrounging and prostitution.

    Posted by Peter | April 1, 2012, 10:36
  3. They say that Gonsalves himself is a volcano, destroying everything he touches.

    Posted by Peter | April 16, 2012, 09:57

    Posted by vincypowa | April 16, 2012, 22:52
  5. VINCYPOWA, So you do not approve of the cruise ship berth?

    It seems to me that we have only had security problems since Gonsalves was selected and he started getting involved with all the scum nations that he scrounges from.

    Remember before 9/11 we did not have security fencing. We could even go to the airport cafe and watch our loved ones from the roof. That was put paid to when that scum bag Chavez visited Gonsalves, a special visit to insult the American President. And Gonsalves allowed him to do that on our soil, proof that our soveriegnty has been sold out to ALBA by Gonsalves.

    Posted by Peter | April 17, 2012, 20:39

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