Monday January 18, 2016. Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) has been monitoring the build-up of sand at the entrance to the Careenage and is soon to implement more short and long term solutions to address the encroachment.

Working With Stakeholders

Over the past year, the expansive sand growth at Carlisle Bay (Brownes and Peebles beaches) has extended towards to the Careenage, affecting its entrance. Stakeholders traversing the area were apprised of the situation and steps were immediately taken to relocate vessels that were directly impacted by the accumulated sand.   In addition to the Harbourmaster’s installation of floating mark buoys to delineate safe passage in the narrow entrance channel, the BPI has reassigned coastal cruise boats to berths further inside the Careenage, due to loss of berth space close to the entrance.  Entrance to the Careenage is by permission only and no nighttime access is allowed to foreign vessels.  There have been no reports of any issues from foreign vessels and the Port is satisfied that boats permitted in this area are aware to proceed with caution.

Working With Experts

The coastal engineers, Baird & Associates, were hired last year to come up with a solution to address the growth of sand in the Careenage.   Along with Baird & Associates, BPI has also been working closely with the Coastal Zone Management Unit and surveyors, Hart, Hutchinson and Field, to come up with a holistic, eco-friendly sustainable solution.  Regular hydrographic surveys have been done to monitor the affected area, and the experts have come up with a temporary solution to relieve the immediate sand build-up. 

Proposed Work To Reduce Sand Build Up

It has been proposed that there be dredging to remove the sand as the first step to a longer-term solution.  The intention is to dredge to a depth acceptable for navigation and berthing that will allow time to develop a longer-term solution before ongoing sand accumulation impacts navigation and berth space once again.  The engineers have therefore applied to the Town and Country Development Planning Office for permission to carry out this emergency work. 

BPI will inform stakeholders and the general public of the start of this work and its likely impact, once permission is granted.  

Did You Know?

The Bridgetown Port, previously known as the Deep Water Harbour or the Bridgetown Harbour, was opened on May 6, 1961, by Sir Grantley Adams, then Prim