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May 3, 2022

Belize Port Authority Gets a Donation to Help with its Buoyage Plan

Safe navigation at sea is among one of the responsibilities of the Belize Port Authority. Today, the B.P.A. was the recipient of a donation of four buoys from the Belize Island Holdings of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Limited to assist with just that. The buoys will be deployed in vulnerable areas near the barrier reef; in the Belize harbor and then south in the area of Gladden Split and the Silt Cayes. As we found out today, it is all part of a buoyage (boy-age) plan by the Belize Port Authority.


Brian Umplebee

Brian Umplebee, Island Director, Belize Island Holdings/Harvest Caye

“On behalf of Belize Island Holdings, the subsidiary company of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Limited, we are very pleased to be in a position to be able to donate the buoys which are sitting behind us. And as our partnership with the Belize Port Authority continues, this just solidifies the strength in continuing to build our relationship together. And we are very pleased to be in a position to be able to help and continue in a future to help Belize Port Authority and other government organizations.”


Major Gilbert Swazo

Major Gilbert Swazo, Port Commissioner, Belize Port Authority

“This donation that we are officially receiving today from the Belize Island Holding is significant to our buoyage plan to ensure navigational safety within the territorial waters of Belize. Aids to navigation, commonly known as atons, are devices or systems that are used by captains who are navigating any waters within the territory of any country to ensure that they operate safely. We are very much aware of the sensitive areas within Belize’s territorial waters. One way to protect our barrier reef is to have a buoyage plan to ensure that the red buoy and the green buoy mark the safe water in between those buoys so that we know the deep waters or safe waters in which every captain, every vessel is to traverse in. Thus enhance and improve the safe and efficient navigation of vessels within the territory of Belize.”

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