Water safety changes coming

The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands is to lead a multi-agency effort into heightening safety requirements for water-borne vessels.

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The Port Authority will lead a multi-agency effort to improve safety regulations for water-borne vessels. Photo: File

The process has already started, explained Manager of Cruise Operations and Safety with the Port Authority Joseph Woods.

The process will also involve input from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Maritime Authority, the Department of Environment and the Complaints Commissioner.

Now in its initial stages, it is expected to take six months and will be a consultative process, said Mr. Woods.

The process may involve proposing brand new laws and regulations or make amendments to the existing Port Authority regulations and law (2003 revision).

Meanwhile, the investigation into the overturning of Kirk Sea Tours’ Sun Runner, being led by the RCIPS, is ongoing. The boat, carrying 54 passengers, capsized near the Sandbar in the North Sound in April.

Also, the Complaints Commissioner’s investigation into the safety and regulation of small commercial water-borne vessels is ongoing.

The formal risk assessment has been completed by Jack Gallagher Marine Consulting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, confirmed Complaints Commissioner John Epp.

Mr. Epp said he is digesting this report and working through it. He will make a report to the Legislative Assembly for the autumn sitting, he said, and will also send this to the Ministry of Tourism.