Wednesday 7th March, 2018 – West Indies Oil Company Ltd. Is appealing to consumers to conserve the use of cooking gas as rough seas are preventing tankers from docking.
In a statement, WIOC’’s Chief Executive Officer, Gregory Georges says as a result of unfavourable sea conditions, the captains of the fuel tankers are refusing to berth at the Sea Island Jetty, due to safety reasons.
The WIOC CEO stated that sea conditions have impacted their supply of LPG to both household cylinder and commercial bulk sectors in the domestic market, and the effect is being felt also in other islands.
West Indies Oil Company notes that it is closely monitoring the forecast, which is predicting that conditions should be improved by the weekend. Distribution will re-commence immediately after the captain gives the go ahead for the tanker to berth, WIOC assures.
Supply of other petroleum products is not affected.
WIOC says it is in the process of expanding their LPG storage to provide additional buffer stock.
Countries throughout the region, from as far south as Guyana to Bahamas in the north are experiencing monstrous waves battering their coastlines and causing damage to nearby properties and businesses in some cases.
Climatologist Dale Destin attributes the sea conditions to a gigantic low-pressure system, nicknamed windmageddon due to widespread damage and power outages it caused across the Northeast United States last week. That resulted in swellmageddon. This resulted from a low-pressure area that is causing enormous, dangerous and destructive sea swells.
Destin believes this is expected to be the worse swell event thus far for the winter season.