“Turmoil” reported in Port-Au-Prince

The city of Port-Au-Prince, Capital of Haiti is currently undergoing a period of turmoil, as different sectors of the public have begun violent manifestations throughout the city, reported Steamship Club correspondents E&M International Consulting.

The disturbances appeared to be politically rooted and were a direct response to the latest actions taken by the Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. They have impacted maritime transport as well as day-to-day life in the Haitian capital.

E&M reported that port operations were being hindered due to the fact that stevedores were finding it difficult to arrive at port, while cargo loading and discharge operations were being limited by the unrest.

Other maritime related activities were also being affected, such as the inspection of cargo and vessels performed by appointed surveyors.

The Haitian government suspended a fuel price increase on Saturday after widespread violence both in Port-Au-Prince and the northern city of Cap-Haitien.

E&M recommended that, in order to guarantee safe seafaring and to protect the interests of Members, those members who typically called at the port of Port-Au-Prince should be made aware of the ongoing manifestations and disturbances.

Steamship Club recommended that vessels calling at Port au Prince do not let seafarers go ashore during the period of these disturbances.

Steamship lists E&M International Consulting as correspondents in both Port au Prince, Haiti and Santo Domingo Dominican Republic.