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September 13, 2013

Handover Ceremony and Launch of the Antigua & Barbuda Emergency Ferry Docking Facility

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The Antigua & Barbuda Emergency Ferry and Docking Facility was conceptualized as a project to support vulnerability reduction in the Caribbean through the promotion of regional cooperation in hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness. In 1995 and 1997, Montserrat experienced multiple eruptions of the Mount Soufriere, causing disruption to the daily life in the country. “This Facility is one of the fruits of the Comprehensive Disaster Management approach that the Caribbean has adopted as part of its efforts to promote truly region-wide cooperation in disaster management, where the facility will permit emergency evacuation and relief supplies activities in the event of further Soufriere volcano eruptions or any other disaster, while also facilitating the seaborne movement of persons and goods between Montserrat and Antigua & Barbuda” as stated by Mr. Ivan Ogando Lora, Director General of the CARIFORUM Directorate of the CARICOM Secretariat. This project was funded under the 9th European Development Fund (EDF)

- Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP) and undertaken by Trinidad-based Capital Signals Ltd under the supervision of the Office of the National Authorising Officer.

Monday October 31st, 2011 marked the official handover of the completed ferry docking facility to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda. Remarks were given by Hon. Dr. W. Baldwin Spencer – Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Hon. Reuben T. Meade – Premier of Montserrat, Mr. Ivan Ogando Lora, newly appointed Director General of the recently established CARIFORUM Directorate – CARICOM Secretariat, and Ambassador Valeriano Diaz – Head of the Delegation – European Commission to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. In attendance were Ambassadors from France, Germany, Spain, Finland and Belgium as well as the Government General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Members of Parliament of Antigua & Barbuda & Montserrat to witness the unveiling of the ferry docking facility that took eight months to complete.

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