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Oct 12, 2021

C.E.O. of P.B.L. Discusses “Near Shore” Location for Dredged Silt

Andrew Lane

We recently reported on the public consultation that was held by the developers of the Port of Belize Expansion Project. The Department of the Environment also participated. One of the main takeaways was that the developers have decided to abandon their initial plan to dump some seven million cubic meters of silt into the ocean after dredging. It was announced that the waste will now be dumped on property belonging to the port.  This morning, C.E.O. at the Port of Belize further elaborated on the plan, noting the added benefit of this approach, during an appearance on Open Your Eyes.

 

Andrew Lane, C.E.O., Port of Belize Limited

“People have come out in the public and they have said that Waterloo wants to dump silt on the reef and of course that was never anybody’s attention. We understand the ecological significance of the reef, the second largest reef in the world, and the value that brings to Belize. Absolutely, we do not want to do anything to disturb that. Our original plan was to place the waste at sea, fifteen miles from the reef. That was not approved. What we are doing here, this is a significant program. We are removing seven million, not more than seven point five million cubic meters of material. We are removing it from an existing channel which has been dredged previously. It is virgin material. It has never been touched by mankind. Does it contain small traces of things which are harmful? Yes it does, but not to any degree of concentration that would make it, people call it toxic, it is not toxic. Would I advise you to eat it for your breakfast or lunch, probably not, because it is not going to be that tasty? What we are going to do is that three and a half million cubic meters will be used for building the new facility. The balance we are going to near shore it. So, that will be placed in the bay to the immediate west of the Port. Essentially it will be left one meter under the surface of the water. What this also does, it builds up more protection for storm surge on the west and southern side for Belize City.”


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