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Ports Authority not informed about seizure of Grenada registered vessel in Libya waters

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  • Grenada flagged ship with a Turkish crew seized off Libyan coast
  • Ports Authority not yet notified of registration number nor name of ship

A Grenada Ports Authority (GPA) official said that the island is yet to be notified of the seizure of a Grenada flagged ship with a Turkish crew off the Libyan coast, as is being reported in numerous international news outlets.

Last Saturday, Haftar’s Libyan National Army navy combat vessel stopped the Grenada-flagged ship off the coast of the eastern city of Derna. The ship was then towed to Ras El Hilal port “for inspection and to verify its cargo,” Reuters news agency said.

فيديو :::عاجل : السرية البحرية سوسة تجر سفينة تركية الى ميناء رأس الهلال للتفتيشقامت السرية البحرية المقاتلة سوسة أثناء قيمها بدورية فى المياة الإقليمية الليبية قبالة ساحل درنة وفى الحدود البحرية التى تم ترسيمها بموجب اتفاقية الخيانة والعار بين تركيا وحكومة اللاوفاق تم القبض على سفينة تحمل علم غرينادا ويقودها طاقم يتكون من أتراك وتم جر السفينة إلى ميناء رأس الهلال للتفتيش والتحقق من حمولتها واتخاذ الاجراءات المتعارف عليها دوليا في مثل هذه الحالات

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Port Manager, Ian Evans, explained that the standard practice is for the flagged country to be notified whenever another country detained a vessel, but as of Monday, 23 December, Grenada had not received such notification. “Whenever a ship or vessel is seized, it is mandatory that the country where the ship is registered receives notification along with information explaining the reason for seizure, but we have not received such a notice.”

He further explained that Grenada has restrictions for registering ships. The policy mandates that any ship registering in Grenada must be owned by a Grenadian individual or registered corporate body. The courtesy is also extended to both individual and corporate citizens of other Caricom members.

Euronews, in an online publication, said that the capture of the vessel off the Libyan coast came amid rising tensions with Turkey. Neither the registration number nor the name of the ship is being made public.

Turkey’s parliament last Saturday approved a security and military cooperation deal with Libya, which could pave the way for Ankara to intervene to assist the Tripoli-based government in its ongoing battle with Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

Libyan Military Commander, Khalifa Haftar’s forces said they seized the ship with a Turkish crew, hours after Turkey’s parliament approved a defence pact in support of his rival in the North African country’s civil war.

Pirates are known to engage in the illegal act of claiming that its ship is registered in a country by flying its flag. Because the captured vessel is not publicly named, the GPA is unable to confirm if it is indeed among the ships registered in Grenada.

UPDATE: The ship has been released. The vessel was seized because it entered Libya’s territorial waters without prior permission.

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Boca drug bust | NOW Grenada

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A 35-year-old Fontenoy, St George, resident has been remanded in custody after appearing in court in connection with the seizure of 126 pounds of cannabis.

Charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug and Trafficking in of a Controlled Drug, Avarnell Antoine appeared at the St George’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, where he was denied bail.

Antoine is alleged to be one of the occupants in a vehicle that was involved in a drug bust in the Boca, St George area on 29 December 2019.

Police investigations continue.

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Extension of deadline to respond to consultation documents

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The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) advises stakeholders and the general public of its decision to extend the period of consultation on the draft documents issued below to the specific dates indicated.

Documents issued:

  • Draft Regulations on Rules and Procedure for applying for Licences and Permits
  • Draft Regulations on Tariff Setting Methodology.

Initial deadline 17 January 2020. New deadline – 24 February 2020.

Documents issued:

  • Draft Generation Expansion Planning and Competitive Procurement Regulations;
  • Draft Generation Licence – Grenada Electricity Services Limited;
  • Draft Network Licence – Grenada Electricity Services Limited.

Initial deadline 22 January 2020. New deadline – 27 February 2020.

Documents issued:

  • Draft Grenada Electricity Sector Grid Code – Introduction Code;
  • Draft Grenada Electricity Sector Grid Code – Generation Codes;
  • Draft Grenada Electricity Sector grid Code – Transmission and Distribution Code.

Initial deadline 7 February 2020. New deadline – 13 March 2020.

Please note that the PURC’s Consultation Guidelines do not allow for a further extension of the consultation period.

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Preudhomme and wife will be buried on 21 January 2020

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  • Preudhommes to be buried on 21 January 2020 at Dougaldston cemetery
  • Herbert acted as premier whenever Sir Eric was away on independence talks
  • Herbert was a founding member of Grenada United Labour Party

Herbert John Preudhomme, a former member of Parliament for the constituency of St John and his wife Joyce, who died days apart a few weeks ago, will both be buried on 21 January 2020 at the Dougaldston cemetery in Gouyave.

The Preudhommes were residing in the USA, and their bodies arrived in Grenada on Thursday, 16 January. Preudhomme on many occasions acted as premier during the struggle for Grenada to become an independent state and was appointed deputy prime minister in the first parliament after Grenada gained independent sovereignty from Great Britain on 7 February 1974.

Grenada before independence was an associated state and the Head of Government had the title of Premier. The premier at the time was Sir Eric Matthew Gairy and whenever he left the island for independence talks in the UK, Preudhomme acted until his return.

Preudhomme died on 2 January, six days short of his 90th birthday. He was one of the founding members of the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) and his death has bought an end to an era of the founding executive members of the GULP. The party was removed from office by the 13 March 1979 overthrow of the Maurice Bishop-led People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG).

“Uncle Pre” as he was called, spent most of the revolutionary years as a political prisoner of the PRG, during which time Grenada’s independent constitution was suspended. When democracy was restored after the collapse of the revolution, Preudhomme contested various general elections but was never able to return to parliament. His last election as a candidate was the 2003 General Elections. The GULP is now a defunct political movement.

Gregory Bowen, Leader of Government Business in the current House of Representatives confirms that the former MP is qualified to receive a state-funded funeral. Bowen also confirmed that the upcoming sitting of the house will see members recognise the contribution of Preudhomme who served in different ministerial cabinet portfolios while he was a member.

His wife Joyce died on 26 December 2019 at the age of 84. The two celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in October 2019. They are survived by four children, grand and great-grandchildren.

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