$787.6M contract inked for the removal of three wrecks in the Demerara River

Caption: Director-General of MARAD Stephen Thomas signs the contract as Koole Contractors’ representative, Janneke Kuijper and Ministry of Public Works Permanent Secretary Vladimir Persaud look on. (Credits: DPI)

A whopping $787.6 million contract was inked between the Ministry of Public Works and Koole Contractors on Friday for the removal three wrecks in the Demerar River. 

The contracts were signed in the Ministry’s Boardroom by Director General of the Maritime Administration Department, Stephen Thomas and a representative from Koole Contractors. 

Minister, Bishop Juan Edghill, who also joined the signing virtually, said the wrecks have proven hazardous. While explaining that due to the location of the wrecks, the channel has become narrow. 

“The removal of these wrecks and the dredging that is anticipated to take place, we expect that we will be able to have two-way traffic,” the Minister stated. 

However, he also noted that this will complement the establishment of the new Demerara Harbour Bridge. 

“This project of the removal of wrecks is also coming in tandem with us building a high span four lane new Demerara Bridge. Which will mean that once the tide allows, you can have unhindered access into Port Georgetown 24 hours every day,” Minister Edghill added. 

This project is expected to be completed in nine months with three months assigned to each wreck. The wrecks identified to be removed are the Dar B, Allana III and Miss Elissa. 

Meanwhile, Koole Contractor’s representative, Janneke Kuijper assured that the works will be completed within the agreed time.


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