The Soufrière Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) regularly strives to accomplish its mission of ensuring strict compliance with the ISPS (International Security and Port Facility Code).
On Friday, November 19, 2021, 12 supervisors received certificates in maritime law after successfully completing a training exercise with the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA). The exercise aimed to improve the knowledge and skills of the participants to perform their tasks productively and efficiently.
“The quay is evolving into a multifunctional department. In addition to our normal duties as wardens and cashiers, we have special police officers, Beach Rangers and now with this training in maritime law, we will become port officers with the power to intercept unworthy sea vessels and to accuse captains who behave recklessly. We will have the full support of SLASPA, Customs and Police in carrying out these tasks, ”said Wharf Supervisor Mr. Lennox Perpie.
The training, which was led by Mr. Christopher Alexander, Director of Maritime Affairs at SLASPA, took place over a period of two days at the Soufrière Foundation.
According to Wilbur Etienne, SLASPA maritime officer, “As we know the tourism industry is a fragile sector and having additional law enforcement in Soufriere will further enhance the safety and security of visitors and Our commitment to improving maritime safety for residents and visitors is based on the collaborative efforts of stakeholders and the desire to improve our product which is vital to the community.
The Soufrière Foundation thanks the Air and Sea Ports Authority of Saint Lucia for its intervention. The organization remains committed to building the capacity of its staff and raising the standards of the tourism product.
The Soufrière Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Soufrière. Its mandate is to undertake social, economic, cultural and other sustainable developments in the Soufrière region. The organization which was created in 1993 generates income from its operational sites: Sulfur Springs Park, Gros Piton Nature Trail, Comfort Center, Soufrière Jetties, 88.5 Soufrière FM and the Soufrière beach park.