A shipwreck off the coast of Tobago has led to a major crisis for Trinidad and Tobago. Over 15km of the island’s coastline, including its beautiful beaches, have been damaged by a massive oil spill caused by the accident. The government is considering declaring a national emergency to manage the situation.
Since the incident, over 1,000 volunteers have joined forces with government staff in cleanup efforts, while divers have been working tirelessly to contain the leak from the abandoned vessel. The chief secretary of Tobago, Farley Augustine, has stated that the government may designate this disaster as a Level 3 event – the highest level – due to its severity.
Currently, the spill is classified as a Level 2 disaster according to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management. However, there is a possibility that it could escalate to Level 3 if international assistance is required.
The ship involved in this accident was known as The Gulfstream and capsized off the coast of Cove Eco-Industrial Estate without issuing any emergency calls. This unfortunate incident has occurred just before Trinidad and Tobago’s annual carnival celebrations – an important source of revenue for its economy.