Supenaam and Parika stellings will be rehabilitated in 2017 according to General Manager for the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD), Marcelene Merchant. Merchant told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the T&HD has already identified some of the areas to be repaired.
At the Supenaam Stelling, the Transport and Harbours Department will be rehabilitating the pier, installing and fixing damaged lights and fixing the fence. “This is because the entire pier at the Supenaam Stelling has been in a dilapidated state for a while now,” Merchant explained.
The Parika Stelling has is also slated for rehabilitation. The Stelling will be repaired and the passenger accommodation, a bond and a canteen will be constructed as well as an office for laborers and administration security.
In addition, the Rosignol and Morawhanna Stellings and the Mazaruni Dockyard and Kumaku wharf are also slated for repairs in 2017.
The piles, beams and decking at these Stellings will be changed and the fenders (guards) will be fixed to avoid vessels from making direct contact with the wharf.
Meanwhile, the Transport and Harbours Department is focusing on completing projects listed in the 2016 budget. These include, the rehabilitation of the Bartica stelling, central workshop building, goods wharf and docking of the M.V Kanawan, M.V Sabanto and M.V Makouria.
The completed Bartica Stelling will have a reconstructed two flat concrete structure, administration building for employees and little booths for rent. The fender, beams and piles will also be changed. The reconstructed goods wharf will include an administration building which will also house a lunch room and toilet facilities for staff.
In relation to ferries, the Chinese M.V Kanawan and M.V Sabanto will undergo general docking. The M.V Makouria is also slated to undergo emergency docking including extracting and realigning the port side shaft. Works on the the M.V Makouria will take seven days while the M.V Kanawan and M.V Sabanto, 35 days each.
These projects are being funded by the Government of Guyana and the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF through the Department for International Development (DFID). They are estimated to cost over $6B in the 2016 budget.