The prefects of the Soufrière Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) are now qualified in maritime law.
This is all part of the SRDF’s efforts to accomplish its mission of ensuring strict compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
On Friday November 19, 2021, twelve wardens received certificates in maritime law after successfully completing a training exercise with the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA).
The exercise aimed to improve participants’ knowledge and skills to perform their tasks productively and efficiently.
“The wharf is becoming a multifunctional department. Apart from our normal duties as wardens and cashiers we have special constables, rangers and now with this training in maritime law we will become port officers with the power to intercept unworthy seagoing vessels as well as to charge captains who behave recklessly. way. We will have the full support of SLASPA, Customs and Police in carrying out these tasks,” said Dock Supervisor Mr Lennox Perpie.
The training, which was facilitated by Mr. Christopher Alexander, Director of Maritime Affairs at SLASPA, took place over a two-day period at the Soufrière Foundation.
According to SLASPA Marine Officer Wilbur Etienne, “As we know the tourism industry is a fragile sector and having additional law enforcement in Soufrière will further enhance the safety and security of visitors and inhabitants. Our commitment to improving marine safety for locals and visitors is growing through collaborative efforts of stakeholders and a drive to improve our product which is vital to the community.
The Soufrière Foundation expresses its gratitude to the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority for its intervention.
The organization says it remains committed to building the capacity of its staff and raising the standards of the tourism product.