A major crisis has hit Trinidad and Tobago after a ship ran aground and caused a massive oil spill. At least 15km of Tobago’s coastline has been damaged, including its beautiful beaches. As a result, the country is considering declaring a national emergency to help manage the situation.
Since the accident, over 1,000 volunteers have joined government staff in cleanup efforts while divers have been trying to contain the leak from the abandoned vessel. The chief secretary of Tobago, Farley Augustine, has stated that the government may designate the accident a Level 3 disaster, which is the highest level.
As of now, the spill is categorized as a Level 2 disaster according to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management. However, there is a possibility of the spill escalating to a Level 3 disaster which would require international assistance. The ship known as The Gulfstream capsized off the coast of Cove Eco-Industrial Estate without issuing any emergency calls. This incident has occurred just before the country’s annual carnival celebrations, which are a significant source of revenue for its economy.