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Screen_Shot_2014-08-20_at_8.03.35_PMLocally referred to as the ‘sugar boat’, and quite a spectacle when it passes the New River Banks, on Sunday night around 11:30, a Belize Sugar Industry barge transporting sugar to Belize City experienced some difficulty and sunk. It’s not a frequent occurrence and so we got curious of the situation when pictures started popping up on social media. We contacted Damian Gough, Manager of Marketing and Export Operations who says that it’s a risk associated with methods of transport to move sugar from factory to ship.


Damian Gough – Export Operations Manager


“We were made aware sometime seven o’clock that the barge was leaking unfortunately this is one of the risks associated with the method of transportation that we have to move sugar from  the factory to Belize City for loading into the ship and in the risks is that it is exposed to this same of sort of incident happening, we still haven’t yet determined the cause of the barge sinking but it is likely that it is as a result due to a puncture or a hole or something but we won’t be able to determine that until get the barge floating and back to the repair dock for it to be dry dock and then we do an inspection of it but it is but you can track it down to the risk of the business associated by moving the sugar by this means but this is for now the only means that we have to move the sugar but I can confirm that yes indeed the barge sank and.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Where was it headed to?”

 

Damian Gough – Export Operations Manager


“It was heading to Belize City for loading onboard a ship that is here and it happened just of Sarteneja between the Warree Bigth and Sarteneja but we were able to get the barge back to an area which is referred to hour point which is almost in front of the Cerros areas before it completely sank.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“And it is just sugar in there right?”


Damian Gough – Export Operations Manager


“Just sugar and the barge only takes about 120 to 125 tons so that is just about that is the extend that I can say for it right now.”


Gough says there was a complete loss of the barge’s contents, approximately 120-125 tons of sugar.

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