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Bahamas: Ferries Threatening ‘Boating Capital’

The Abaco Chamber of Commerce yesterday urged the environment minister to intervene amid fears Bahamas Ferries’ new service is endangering the island’s “boating capital” status.

Ken Hutton, its president, told Tribune Business that the inter-island transportation provider was placing Abaco’s boating-reliant tourism economy “in jeopardy” by stirring up tremendous amounts of silt and mud when it arrives and departs Marsh Harbour to serve the Baker’s Bay project.

He spoke out as Tribune Business obtained an e-mailed letter sent by the Abaco chamber requesting “immediate assistance” from Romauld Ferreira, minister of the environment, in addressing the “absolute ruin” to Marsh Harbour’s “pristine waters” just three days after Bahamas Ferries began operations from the town’s public dock.

“We are very concerned with the initiation of a new ferry service being provided by Bahamas Ferries to carry the staff and sub-contractors to the Baker’s Bay job site from Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay,” Mr Hutton wrote in an e-mail dated February 4, 2019.

“As the boating capital of The Bahamas and host to hundreds of sailing vessels transiting through Marsh Harbour, we are shocked and appalled that in three short days the pristine waters of our harbour have been absolutely ruined by vessels that are clearly too large to operate in this shallow area.”

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