Government is implementing a campaign to get all derelict vehicles and abandoned vessels out of the British Virgin Islands within the next few months.
A number of industrial barges will be arriving in the territory to transport hurricane-damaged yachts to other countries for repairs, and government wants all derelicts and abandoned vessels to catch a ride on those barges when they are leaving the territory.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ronald Smith-Berkeley announced the initiative during a public meeting today, January 10.
“While the barges are here to deal with the yachts that are insured, we are in dialogue with them to ensure that when they are taken out of the territory, all of the yachts that have been written-off by the insurance industry are also taken out along with all the vehicles that were damaged,” Smith-Berkeley said.
“The point I want to make is that if you have an old car or an old boat or something in your backyard, this is the opportune time to get rid of it,” he added.
Smith-Berkeley said government plans to issue a public notice asking residents to dump derelicts and other abandoned appliances such as refrigerators and stoves at a ‘central location’ for pick-up.
“When the barges leave here in maybe four or five months, everything that needs to get off this island needs to be on those barges as it relates to debris and everything that we don’t need. No sense in hoarding stuff.”
In the meantime, government said roughly 2,000 yachts and vessels were sunken during the hurricanes.
He said government has salvaged between 600 and 700 so far.
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