The Recovery and Development Agency in partnership with local government has awarded a contract valuing more than $300,000 for the installation of sea markers throughout the BVI.
Sand Dollar Marine Consultants was the recipient of the $327,310.76 contract.
The company is tasked with installing 26 sea markers in various locations including Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Cane Garden Bay, Red Bay, North Sound, Virgin Gorda and Trellis Bay.
These installations must happen within the contractual six-month period.
The markers are scheduled to enter the BVI within the next few weeks and construction of a concrete base to secure a sea marker on Mosquito Rock is expected to begin shortly as part of the preparatory stage.
“The BVI is the sailing capital of the world. We have to do our part to ensure the safely of all users. The installation of channel markers along with accurate mapping of reefs and shoals is vital for the sustainability of the industry and our marine environment,” Natural Resource Minister Vincent Wheatley told BVI News in an invited comment.
This project is led by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration in collaboration with the BVI Ports Authority and the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry.
Recently, government has been taking steps to develop a blue economy in the territory by conducting a two-week marine survey, which was geared towards helping the government make informed decisions going forward.
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