Navy vessel to survey harbour

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Royal Navy vessel, HMS Protector is paying a visit to Antigua & Barbuda to help survey the entrance to the harbour.

According to a release, Sandy Island Channel in the South West approach to St John’s is an area of concern with cruise ships currently only able to use the deeper water north of Sandy Island.

The ship’s work is in response to Antigua & Barbuda requesting UK assistance to resurvey this channel to improve the flexibility of cruise ship operations.

With the potential for reduced navigational safety in the approach to St John’s likely to jeopardise vitally important cruise ship traffic, the communiqué noted, the Royal Navy has offered the service of HMS Protector to assist.

Operating her Survey Motor Boat over the period of a week, the ship hopes to make the channel safer and easier for cruise ships to get in and out.

During their time alongside HMS Protector will also be hosting a visit from The National Hydrographer of the UK, Rear Admiral Lambert, who will be meeting with the prime minister, as well as a number of other agencies to discuss the long term plan for surveying of waters in the Eastern Caribbean.