Chaotic scene at T&HD’s Georgetown wharf as Mabaruma passengers flock ferry

…2nd vessel to accommodate stranded passengers

Following a chaotic scene at the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) wharf on Thursday as hundreds of passengers flocked the MV Barima in order to be taken home to Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini), a decision was made to have a second ferry ply the route.

The scene at T&HD’s Georgetown wharf on Thursday

This decision was announced after MV Barima reached its capacity of 250 persons on board but a large number of persons were still waiting to board the vessel.
On Thursday at the wharf, a decision was also taken to accommodate pensioners, children, and persons journeying from far, on the vessel.
As a result, Public Works Minister Juan Edghill, having visited the Goods Wharf, made the decision for a second vessel on Saturday to accommodate the remaining passengers.
That vessel will depart Georgetown for Mabaruma at 13:00h on Saturday.
Meanwhile, on the Ministry’s social media page, Minister Edghill said that while he understands the discomfort, he is urging passengers to understand that safety must come first, adding that everything will be done to ensure passengers returning home to Mabaruma, do so safely.