Cayman boats under review

An investigation into the safety and regulation of small, commercial boats has been launched by Cayman’s Complaints Commissioner.

‘The investigation will consider the extent to which water-borne commercial passenger vessels in use in Cayman waters are regulated by government authorities,’ said Complaints Commissioner John Epp in a press release.

The investigation would also consider the extent to which the crews operating small commercial vessels are regulated, he said.

Mr. Epp said people in Cayman had shared the concern for the victims of the recent sinking of Ethan Allen on Lake George, New York.

The recent death of a Caymanian in a boating accident here last month had also highlighted the importance of observing safe boating practices, he said.

‘Residents acknowledge that that a serious commercial boating accident could cause long term damage to the reputation of the Islands,’ said Mr. Epp.

‘In the event that the investigation determines that additional regulation may be necessary, the office will recommend the next steps to be taken by the relevant Ministry,’ he added.

The investigation would be drawing on the expertise and experience of, amongst others, the Land and Sea Cooperative, Port Director Paul Hurlston and members of the Maritime Authority, he said.

The results of the investigation would be tabled in the next session of the Legislative Assembly, said Mr. Epp.