Political hopeful wants ban on cruise ship anchoring

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Gregory Athill

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A candidate in the 2014 general election has called for a policy to ban large cruise ships and yachts from dropping anchor in English and Falmouth harbours.

Gregory Athill of the Antigua/Barbuda True Labour Party told OBSERVER media that the damage caused to reefs by this practice “is very awful.”

He prefers the use of moorings. He said “government must put a policy in place so that the boats can be hooked instead of dropping anchor.”

Athill, who is also a boat captain, revealed that this is one of his party’s plans if elected at the next general election.

“We’ve been advocating this for years,” Athill said, adding that he’s already raised the issue with the national parks and central government.

“These same boats are anchoring off Cades Reef and Green Island and they are damaging the coral reef.”

Athill has also proposed a levy on yachts that will help the authorities fund the installation of moorings.

The candidate for St Paul constituency said he already has the support of constituents who are opposed to large cruise ships anchoring in English Harbour.

“Sixty-five per cent of the people are against the cruise ships dropping anchor because it destroys the reefs and scares away yachts that want seclusion,” he said.

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5 thoughts on “Political hopeful wants ban on cruise ship anchoring

  1. Seth Starkadder April 16, 2014 at 12:33 - Reply

    I applaud the sentiment, but those who dive in these areas know that the coral reefs are already long gone, along with the amazing shoals of tropical fish which once thrived. The ancients such as me can remember when the coasts were a coral wonderland.
    I am afraid that the reason is only in a small part due to local abuse, storms and runoff. It is a global problem connected with climate change and acidification of the oceans. Other islands and regions are affected equally.
    Still ,I would vote for anyone who is genuinely concerned with the environment and diversity.

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  2. I would like to know if VCB III is a Christian, An Atheist or an Agnostic?

    Please advise VCB III. Something seems to be a little ‘off’ with your glib pronouncements.

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  3. Those large cruise ships bring a lot of business to English Harbour…what is needed is a policy to assign designated areas for dropping anchors than having a free for all. Athill’s vision for St. Paul is to turn it into a fishing village…that will not happen! Get real Athill, you and your party will never see the hallowed halls of parliament. True Labour is not a serious alternative…especially with a leader like VB III

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