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Trinidad & Tobago - Limited State of Emergency Update

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 21, 2011 09:12 PM

Published: 2011-09-21 21:12:29
Countries: Trinidad & Tobago

19th September 2011

Trinidad & Tobago still open for business despite "limited State of Emergency" & Curfew in Trinidad

An update to the previous press release posted 5 September.

On the 21st of August 2011, the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago was placed under a “limited State of Emergency” (SOE) by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. The SOE was implemented by the government in order to deal with the prevalent gang and drug culture in some areas of Trinidad.

The SOE has now been extended until November.

The SOE has had little impact on visiting yachts in Chaguaramas except that a curfew is in place from 11pm to 4am. This curfew, since September 14th, now extends three (3) nautical miles seaward from the coastlines of the islands of Trinidad, Monos, Huevos, Chacachacare, Gaspar Grande, Carrera, Crondstadt and the Five islands.

Tobago is not subject to any curfew restrictions at this time, maritime or otherwise.

Yachts are advised not to sail between 11pm-4am within the three mile zone. However, vessels on innocent passage either terminating in or originating from Trinidad and Tobago ports are exempt from the coastal zone restrictions along with yachts or other vessels that are at anchor within the zone.

Lieutenant-Commander R. Alfred of the T & T Coast Guard has reiterated that “the measures in place are designed to deny the movement of criminal elements and not to hamper international shipping or offshore economic activities of the country”. In reality the SOE offers little enhancement of the existing powers of the Coast Guard.

From John Stickland of Store Bay Marine Services