January 31, 2023



Containers with logs go overboard at Kwakwani

The two containers with the logs in the Upper-Berbice River PC- Newsroom

Two containers filled with logs that were at the time being transported to Georgetown, went overboard the Upper-Berbice River on Saturday morning. The incident occurred at the ‘Water front’ crossing where barges (pontoons) transport vehicles across the river, since there is no bridge. According a resident of the area, the incident occurred around 10:00 hrs. “We heard a big plunge and when we go out we see the container them in the water, the truck barely went on the barge,” she said.

The driver of the truck was saved by a boat. According to the driver, the barge seemed to be sinking and he felt the front of the truck being weighed down. “Apparently the barge was taking in water and truck front was keep going down, then the containers went fully overboard.” It is believed that the weight of the containers was too heavy for the barge.

At the time this story was published, efforts to get the containers on land proved futile. It is currently in the middle of the river. The resident said an excavator is on another barge while a skidder is on land working simultaneously to pull the containers on land. If this does not succeed, the loggers will lose millions of dollars.