News 16 Sep, 2011

Trinidad and Tobago – Offshore Curfew Zone

On 21 August 2011 the government of Trinidad and Tobago declared a state of emergency in response to drug trafficking concerns and imposed a curfew which is currently in force between 2300-0400 hours in many towns and cities. On 14 September 2011 Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that the curfew has now been extended to cover the coastal waters of Trinidad and Tobago up to 3 miles offshore. The same curfew hours apply.

It is understood that discussions are taking place as to how the curfew will apply to commercial vessels, but until the situation becomes clearer, Members are advised to contact local P&I correspondent Teal Pandi & Marine Services Limited for the latest information before permitting their vessels to enter or sail within the 3 mile curfew zone between the hours of 2300-0400.