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For The Week Ending May 15th 1982-
10th Year of Publication - 269th Isane
Volume 10 Number 7


The British. firm of Plessey' Airports Ltd has landed a 6.6
million pounds sterlig- contTact for the supply of goods and
equipment for the international airport now being construct.
ed on the southernmost peninsuilar:of the island.

Eight months after the revolution of March 13th 1979, Prime
Minister Maurice Bishop announced that the international
airport would be- built to replace the existing facility at
Pearls which, because of the surrounding terrain, cannot
provide night landing facilities or be lengthened to accom-
odate jet aircraft.

Mr Bishop said then that discussions had been held with
several countries and organizations on the question of aid
for construction of the airport aid the best offer had come
from the Government of Cuba.

It was disclosed last December that the estimate for com-
pletion of the airport is US$71 million, of which Cuba is
providing US$33.6 million in equipment, materials and the
labour of a Cuban work force of some 400.

Informed sources said the Plessey contract, which was sign-
ed in Grenada on May 6th by Plessey General Manager
Mr Derek Collier, covers the bulk of the equipment required
for the airport and includes items "from felt pens to
control tower radar". These sources said also that
Plessey's strongest competitor tfor this contract was Thomp-
son C.S.F of France.
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Produced & Printed by AUster Cy-thla FWhhes
P 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Weatindies

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The Plessey contract excludes fire fighting and lighting equip-
ment valued at three million pounds sterling and expected to be
supplied by the Finnish firm, Metex.

Signing the Plessey contract on behalf of the Peoples Revolut-
ionary Government was Mr Bernard Coard, Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Finance.


The leader of the 4-man Military Authority holding the reins of govern-
annt in Surinam, Lieutenant Colonel Daysi Bouterse, arrived in Grenada
S*prl 3rd.

The leader's twine-engined aircraft touched down at Pearls airport
shortly after 1300 hours and he was given a "red carpet" welcome by an
official party which included Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, Deputy
Prime'Minister and Minister of Finance Bernard Coard, Public Utilities
aiinister and Commander of the Armed Forces General Hudson Austin and
Grenada's ambassador to Surinam Mr Vernon Simon..

After inspecting a guard of honour of the Peoples Revolutionary Army,
the Surinamese leader told an airportpress conference that being in
Grenada feels like being at home. Grenada is free, he said, and
its people are inspiring.

Speaking, through an interpreter, of the attempted-coup in his coun--
Lry on March llth and 12th last, Mr Bouterse said the incident had
been a setback, but he had a positive outlook for the future.

"Now we are picking up the pieces again", he said, "and this is con-
centrated, first of all, on getting the State machinery going again."

Additionally, he.said, there is considerable emphasis on implementing
security measures because "we do not intend to let the situation of
the llth and 12th (of March last) recur in the future because we think
the masses of our people cannot be disturbed ever so often with this
kind of occurance."

Mr Bouterse said press reports that there had been an uprising in the
Marines are false. It was merely a case of disorderly conduct by
one of the officers, he said, and the press "made quite a thing out
of it."

"1'nce you are in a revolution of the nature that we are trying to
ac-'ieve in S-rinam', he said, "It's to be expected that the Western
Pi -ss will not be very commending or praise the revolution. They
will do anything possible to create an atmosphere of instability

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in the country and confront the people.with the kind of news that
will give a certain impression of the atmosphere and situation in t
the country, and that is to be expected."

The .Surinamese leader said a common experience and- he .felt
Grenada will have the same experience in dealing with the foreign
press and especially the "Western controlled press".

Mr Bouterse told reporters that bomds of friendship have been
developed between Grenada and Surinam and "it is good to exchange
experiences," but no details have been released as to the purpose of
his visit to Grenada.

He left the island on May 15th.


President Samora Machel of Mozambique is to arrive in Grenada on
May 22nd and will be the principal speaker at a rally organised by
the Peoples Revolutionary Government for May 23rd to commemorate
African Liberation Day.

President Machel, head of fhe Marxist group, Frelimo (Front for the
liberation of Mozambique) whieh waged a 10 year guerrilla war
against Portuguese colonial domination and took the country into
independence on June 25th 1975, is the second African leader to
visit Grenada since the revolution of March 13th 1979.

The first was President Kenneth David Kaunda of Zambia who visited
the island and addressed a rally called in his honour on September
31st 1979.


His Lordship Sydney Charles, Roman Catholic Bishop of Grenada,
denied on May 6th that Miss Susanne Berkley,20, reported as then
being in difficulty with the Immigration Authorities in Puerto Rico,
went to that country to represent the Grenada Catholic Youth Con-
gress (CYC).

Bishop Charles was referring to a report made by Radio Free Grenada
that day that Miss Berkley, "a member of the Grenada Catholic Youth
Congress", was detained and interrogated by Immigration Authorities
in Puerto Rico while on her way "to attend a conference sponsored
by regional Churches."

According to RFG, Miss Berkley was charged with visiting Puerto
Rico to engage in anti-U.S. activities and was served with a
deportation order, continued -

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"The Grenada Catholic Youth Congress representative to the confer-
ence in Puerto Rico was expected to be in that country for a period
of four days", RFG said,

Bishop Charles told NEWSLETTER Miss Berkley used to be an officer of
the CYC but no longer holds any post in the organisation and did not
go to Puerto Rico to represent the CYC.

1I have checked with the CYC President, Annette Campbell", he said,
aind Miss B~rk3ey certainly did not go to Puerto Rico to represent
the CYC."

Bishop Charles said he had deep sympathy for Miss Berkley in whatever
difficulties she faced and he had taken steps to assist in any way he,
c uld. He said a Roman Catholic priest, Father Malachy Clune, who
ued to live in Grenada but is now resident in Puerto Rico, was in
this island on May 5th and would be back in Puerto Rico on May 8th.

"I have asked him to do whatever he can to assist", Bishop Charles

In its broadcast, RFG said Puerto Rico is controlled by the United
States of America "despite numerous calls by international organ-
isations and countries for the country to be given its independence.

"The people of Puerto Rico have also a7 g engaged in a long and
bitter struggle for their homeland", RFG said.
On the day after the broadcast (7th), CYC denounced as "indecent and
offensive" the treatment alleged to have been meted out to Miss

In a statement made on RFG, CYC said Miss Berkley is a conscientious,
fSvoted and reputable person. The Ministry of External Affairs
in Grenada had advised the American Embassy in Barbados that she had
been granted permission to leave the island on the basis only that
she was to attend an ecumenical conference in Puerto Rico, the
statement said, and she had been given a visa by the U.S. Embassy
to enter Puerto Rico.

"Therefore, we are appalled at the uncivilised manner that Susanne
was treated by the U.S. Immigration in Puerto Rico", the CYC state-
ment said. "We reject all the accusations made against the sister
and say that her business in Puerto Rico can in no way undermine
the security of the U.S.".

CYC demanded that the U.S. Immigration and the U.S. Barbados Embassy
aologise personally to Miss Berkley and that she be compensated by
t U.S. Authorities for all her expenses involved in her trip to Rico.

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Prime Minister Maurice Bishop added his protest on May 14th when he
declared that the treatment to which Miss Berkley was subjected is
an example of "the disrespect the United States has for the people
of the region" and that she had received that treatment only because
she is a Grenadian.

tOne comes to understand", Mr Bishop said, "that people from several
different countries in the region and from the United States went to
the conference. The only one arrested and kept in preventive
custody, threatened with deportation, intimidated, harassed and
bullied, is this young sister from Grenada."

Grenadians will have to continue to expect to face "that level of
intimidation and harassment", Mr Bishop said, because they have
chosen a revolutionary path and they have to walk that path with

"We know that the Yankee imperialists in the United States of the
Reagan Administration will always continue to try to find ways of
bringing pressure on us and of trying to.squeeze our people into
the dust, and of humiliating o iu-, people", he said, "in addition to
the economic aggression and the military threats that face us."

In its issue-of May 8th, the Government owned "Free West Indian"
(FWI) newspaper reports. t Mis Berkley, after having been pre-
vented from entering Puerto co, was kept in detention by- the
Authorities there and returned to Grenada on May 7th.

According to FWI, Miss Berkley said that, while she was under de-
tention, she had been asked to sign a statement "addressed to the
U.S.Embassy in Barbados, saying that her visa was being withdrawn
since she was in Puerto Rico to take part in anti-U.S. military

"At first", FWI said, "Sister Berkley refused to sign, saying she
hadn't come for that purpose. She was threatened with being
thrown in jail and, because she wanted to return home, she said, she
eventually signed it."

Later, on the advice of her lawyers,, FWI said, she requested that
the statement be withdrawn.

Miss Berkley told the FWI that her experience had served to gain
more solidarity for the Grenada revolution from people who neither
knew nor were in solidarity with it before.

"This incident'.has given them a concrete example of what Grenada
means when it says it is constantly p-essured by the U.S.", she said.

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A news item on Radio Free Grenada (RFG) on May 14th reflected over-
tones of a possible impending industrial dispute between Barclays
Bank International and the Bank & General Workers Union (BGWU) led by
Mr Vincent Noel, Secretary (Junior Minister) in the Ministry of Nat-
ional Mobilisation.

.._cording to RFG, the Bank and the Union have had only one negotiat-
ing session on a new Industrial Agreemen" to replace the Agreement
which, informed sources say, expired last december. That session
was on April 19th and RFG reports that, in a letter dated May 10th
addressed to Barclays, BGWU has called on the Bank to resume negot-
iations by May 18th.

The station said a copy of that letter has been sent to the Labour
Commissioner and BGWU has indicated that the Commissioner will be
asked to intervene "to bring about a reasonable settlement if satis-
factory progress in the resumed negotiations is not made by May 20th!'

Approached by NEWSLETTER for comment, Barclays officials declined to
say anything.

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Russia has purchased 300 tons of nutmegs, valued at some EC$1,5
n:illion, from the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA).
Shipment was made on May 4th by the Russian ship "Alapayevsk", and
-;his is the first time a direct sale has been made to the Soviet

GCiNA Ivanager, Mr Robin Renwick, told NEWSLETTER that, through brokers
in Britain and Holland, Russia has imported over 500 tons of nutmegs
annually up to 1979. In 1980, however, the figure fell to 327
tons and there was a further fall in 1981 to 260 tons.

In 1980, a Soviet delegation had talks in Grenada with GCNA with .a
view to making direct shipments to the Soviet Government's buying
agency but, if trans-shipment'was involved, the buying agency pre-
ferred to draw supplies through brokers in Burope.

Further talks were held in Moscow by visiting members of the Peoples
Revolutionary Government and this resulted in the call of the
-Alapayevsk" to load nutmegs for direct shipment to the U.S.S.R..

Ir Renwick said this shipment is covered by a "one-time contracts
brt he hoped the Soviets would place further orders.

'NA has been experiencing difficult times with poor sales and low
prices on the world market, and Mr Renwick told NEWSLETTER that,
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while the Russian order will assist the trading position this year,
the-Association needs to have several more contracts of this size
before it can "get out of trouble".

The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has returned the car
they confiscated eleven months ago from the free-lance Grenadian
journalist, Alister Hughes, NEWSLETTER's Editor.

Mr Hughes said the car was returned to him on May 5th at his home
and he was asked to sign a receipt that "it is in good and proper
working condition."

"I had a mechanic test drive the car", he said, "and he reported
that the track control arms in the steering had to be replaced,
Additionally, the rear view mirror, the locking cap for the gas
tank and some tools are missing and I noted the receipt suitably
before signing it."'

Mr-Hughes' car'was seized On June 19th-last yeak when the PRG ..
passed retro-active legislation to make illegal "The Grenadian
Voice", a newspaper"Mr Hughes- ad 25 other Grenadians had publish-
ed* The journalists telephone was also disconnected on in-
structions from the Security Forces, and was'reconnected only last

Mr Hughes said that, when the car was returned to him, the body had
been completely repainted and this confirmed reports that, while it
had been in 'the custody of the PRG, it had been hit by a truck.
There was further confirmation of this fact, he said, when it was
discovered that neither of the front doors could close properly
and there there is evidence of 'body repairs having been done at
the front of the car.

Three of the persons associated'with Mr Hughes in the publication
of "The Grenadian Voice" were arrested on July llth last year and
are being held without charges at Richmond Hill Prison. They
are Messrs Lloyd Noel, Leslie Pierre and Tilman Thomas.


A team from the Government of Colombia was expected to arrive in
Grenada on May 15th to look into the island's technical require-
ments a.: a first step towards implementation of an aid package.

This was disclosed on May 11th to Radio Free Grenada by Deputy
Minister. of Finance Lyden Ramdhanny who returned from a miris-
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trial meeting in Colombia recently.

Mr Ramdhanny told the station that economic and tourism teams are to
follow and he estimated that direct benefits to Grenada will begin
to flow in about nine months.

Also attending the meeting in Colombia were representatives from
: Kitts/Nevis, Surinam, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Dominica and
:.u;igua, and Mr Ramdhanny said there were discussions relative to
"-ctablishment of a formal organisation representing Caribbean and
Latin American countries.

A 5-man Ministerial Committee comprising of 2 ministers from Central
America and 3.ministers from the Caribbean has been set up to inves-
tigate the possibilities of this.

The Deputy Minister of Finance said Grenada would support the call
for such an organisation promoting unity in the Caribbean and Latin
America, but he made it clear that that support is subject to member-
ship being open to all the countries in the region.

"We feel that is a fundamental principle which must be respected",
iir Ramdhanny told RFG, "that no country must be excluded from any
organisation that is supposed to represent the peoples and govern-
ments of the Caribbean and Latin America."
More Details
Requested by NEWSLETTR to give further details of the meeting in
Colombia, Mr Ramdhanny said it had been called by the Government of
Colombia and had run from 5th to 7th May. He said the Government
of Colombia had ma.le it clear that the meeting had been arranged as
a Central American/Caribbean conference to discuss aid to the

'";he United States, Canada and Venezuela were present at the meeting
as observers", Mr Ramdhanny said, "but the meeting was in no way
connected with the Caribbean Basin initiative."

With reference to the Ministerial Committee set up to probe the
possibilities of establishing a formal Central American/Caribbean
organisation to represent the countries of-this region, the Deputy
Prime Minister told NEWSLETTER that the committee is made up of one
Minister each from Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica and Antigua.
A full meeting is scheduled to take place in Colombia in 12 months
and this committee will make its report then.


D:':.ty Minister of Finance Lyden Ramdhanny flew to St.Lucia on
-..y llth to represent Grenada at a meeting of the Caribbean
r velopment Bank.
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Additionally, as Greriida'f,' ep sntative, :Mr Ramdhanny was expected
to attend.other. meetings in. t Lucia including meetings of the Carib-,
bean Investment Corporation, :terisland Air Services and the World
Bank sponsored Caribbean Group for Cooperation & Economic. Develop-
ment .


The realities of Britain.,s dispute with,#Argentina over the Falkland
Islands came closer to Grenadians on May 12th with the news that,
the British -Government had commandeered 'oh. of the ships used for
transporting bananas from the Windward Islands to the United Kind-

The Grenada office of Geest Industries Ltd, the British Company
under contract _tobliy'thebanana crops f Grenada, St Vincent,
St Lucia and Dominica, fold 'NEWSLfETTER''trha't the eest'-Windward' .
Island headquarters in St Lucia advised on May-'th'that the Geest-
port" had been "'taken over by-the British Government in connection
with the Falkland Islands dispute."

The "Geestpor't*, with i net registered tonnage Of 4445.25, is the
newest 'of the Geest Caribbean fle t' 6f 4 'refrigerated ships a~d"'
last month, .she completed only,_her third voyage to load Windward
Is land bananas.

A spokesman for Geest told NEWSLETTER that the "Geestport" will be
replaced by the 8-year-X d- .Western Reefer". ..

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A mineral water expert, who 'was:ent t-oGren da by the"French '
Government to conduct a study on the possibilities of establishing
a mineril water bottling plant irn thb island, has submitted his
report to the Peoples" Revolutionary Government.

Mr Christian Houel, the expert, spent from January 18th to 30th con-
ducting the study and has reported"that, because of the limited
time involved in gathering data, conclusions and recommendations are
tentative, but the data gathered indicates the usefulness of' fur-
ther studies.

The location of the mineral water source is the "'labony Spring"'
on-the southern slopes of Mount St Catherine, the islands highest
peak, :tid the report says the project will cost BC$4.3 millib'', wiil
employ 27 people and ca6 produce 4 to 6 million lit' s of mineral
water per annum.

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The Government Informati t Setvice (GIS) reports that work on the
Livestock & Genetic Centre at Mount Hartman on the island's south
coast is 25% completed.

This project, which covers 400 acres and is estimated to cost
FC4700,000, is expected to be completed in 1984. A Government
s,.kcesman told GIS that the.project will involve the raising of 1000
p : ~s, 500 goats, 1000 ducks, 500 sheep, 1500 rabbits and 500 turkeys.

The project is also expected to produce 5000 units of biogas from
two plants.


.' Government.of Venezuela has given the, : ples. Revolutionary.
Gqvernment 10,000 rabies vaccines to be used in an anti-rabies cam-
paign due to begin in July.

The Vccines were brought to the island by Dr Valeneas of the PaH
Amarican Health .Organisation (PAHO) who visited.Grenada on May 1th
as a member of a PAHO team to-hold discussions with local officials
and evaluate the educational programme for animal health assistance
to Grenada.
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Th Canadian branch of the Save The Children Fund (CANSAVE) has don-
ated a bus to be used in the sister island of Carriacou to transport
children to school.

Ms. Joan Purcell, Local Director of Cansave, told NEWSLETTER that ithe
Japanese 26-seater bus, which cost EC$42,000, was.beLng shipped to
Carriacou by sohooner on May 15th, and its operation and maintenance
will be under the direction of the Government operated Carriacou bus

"While Cansave has areas of operation not directly related to
children'*, Ms. Purcel said, "our main concern is with children and
we see this bus as being of direct assistance to the children of
Carriacou who have long distances to travel to school."

The Save 'the Children Fund was established in Grenada more than a
dcc-ade andra half ago and was funded then, by the British branch of.
the organisation. More recently, responsibility and funding for
operations 'n. Grenada have been taken Over by Cansave, the Canadian
branch of the F.ud.
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It has been brought o NEWSLETTER's attention that a news story
carried in the issue:for the week ending March 6th last has been the
subject of correspondence to the Editor of the Trinidad "Sunday
Express" newspaper.

Under the headline of "New President of Appeal Court", NEWSLETTER
said in the issue referred to that Mr Justice Telford Georges'
appointment as President of Grenadafs Court of Appeal had been re-
voked,. The news item iaid Mr Georges, who had beed President
of the Court of Appeal since May 1980, 'recently accepted an
appointment as Chief Justice of Zimbabwe".

This news story was copied by the "Sunday Express" of March 28th
and, in a letter to the Editor of that paper, published on May 5th,
Mr Georges, writing from Zimbabwe, denied that he has accepted the
post of Chief Justice of Zimbabwe. Mr Georges charged:that
publication of such wrong information ."can cause embarrassment to
the holder of the office and the Government of Zimbabwe."

The news story in NEWSLETTER for the week ending March 6th was
based on the best of sources. That source was the Government
Gazette of February 12th 1982 .. III-'"L- ,
j Mr Georges' Letter To The Editor
which published, on page 1, I Dear;Editor, .
a Revocation by the Governor I received today a
General, Sir Paul Scoon, of letter enclosing a clipping from
the-"Sunday Express" of Mdrch 28
Mr Georges' appointment to
r Georgs appoi t bearing the headline, "Georges
the Grenada Court of Appeai, f New CJ of Zimbabwe". ..
that Revocation saying that .. This is simply not
Mr Georges "has recently I true. []
accepted the appointment as Inote that 1
fj story has not been attributed to
Chief Justice of Zimbabwe." any news agency and I very much
L doubt whether the information i[
In an effort to repair any f did come from such a source.
If it did not, res-
damage which may have been
pdonsible journalistic practice [-
done to NEWSLETTER's cred- should have led you to contact
.ibilty, the Editor of the me by telegram or telephone to j
S check the accuracy of the infor- i
"Sunday Express" has been 12 nation before publishing it,
supplied with the facts and -i since the publication of such
S w information can cause embarrass-
requested to publish them. [ ment to the holder of the office []
[I and the Government of Zimbabwe.
For the same reason, the I would be grateful
full texts of both if you could be good enough to f]
publish this letter in as prom-
Mr Georges letter to the' inent display as was given your
inaccurate tnewsI story.
Editor of the "Sunday 1 inaccurate try.
SP T Georges
Express" and Governor PTGeorges
Ex. G o Box 8159, Causeway, p
General Sir Paul Scoon's Salisbury, Zimbabwe
Revocation published in Editor's Note: Our source was
te ovenent aee o the Alister Hughes newsletter
the Government Gazette of published out of St Georges 0
February 12th 1982 are Grenada.
reproduced here. iOC;l." iC '''
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By His Excellency Sir Paul Scoon, Knight Grand Cross of the
Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George,
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British.Empire,
Governor-General of the State of Grenada.
Governor General,


Whereas by Instruments dated the 16th and 17th days of May
1980 under my hand and the Public-Seali I appointed the
Honourable TELFORD GEORGES to be a Justice :of Appeal and
President of the Court of Appeal of Girnada respectively: j,

And Whereas the said Honourable TELFORDGEORGES has recently,
accepted the appointment as Chief Justice of Zimbabwe and
consequently find it inconvenient to con inue as Judge of
Appeal and President of the Court of Appeal of Grenada and
has requested that his appointment be revoked:

Now therefore .in .the exercise of the powers vested in me by
section 3 (1) of People's Law No. 14 of 1979 and section
4 (2) of the Court of Appeal Law 1979 (as amended) and acting
in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, I DO
HEREBY REVOKE the appointments of the said Honourable TELFORD
GEORGES as a Justice of Appeal and President of the Court of
jAppeal of Grenada.

GIVEN under my hand and the Public Seal of Grenada
this 5th day of February One thousand nine hundred
and eighty-two and in the Thirtieth Year of the


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The total tonnage of ships calling at St Georges.during 1981 was
the lowest in the last 7 years. Lloyds Agents at Grenada
r:;Cord 1.5 million tons at this port during 1981 and the previous
ic in the 7 year span was in 1975 when the recorded figure is
1.9 million tons.

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At the present time, statistics are not available to indicate, in the
years before 1979, the relative percentage of tonnage contributed by
cargo vessels and tourist liners. However, the figures for 1979,
$980 and 1981 show that, while there has been some fall off in tonn-
age of cargo vessels, the principal.cause of the low tonnage in 1981
is the reduction in calls -- '--.- ,-- ~ .._.'I--I r"-1.
S Shipping Tonnage At Grenada
made by tqcurist liners, 1975 To 1981
-. '.' 1975 To 1981

In 1979, there were 199 22 --- ----____
tourist liner calls at I---.- -. _
St Georges resulting in a 1 21 ,
tonnage of 1.8 million and
representing over 84% of the j .[] -
.total figure, of 2.1 million f. 19- Tta-- --
Total j F'
tons.for the.year. .During Tonnage --
18 *.... q n-..nage 4-.... _
1980, there were only 195 F i
tourist .liner calls making a 17.--- --- --
total tonnage of 1.6-million. ---
In that year, tourist liner .
tonnage represented 78% of [ 15 h-_ __ t__. ..
the total tonnage for the -
year, that tonnage being I 14o I--I -r ..
only .6% down from the. ----
previous year. -----
S12 --- -
In comparison, cargo vessel. j ourist Line
11--A -- Tonnage
tonnage went up in 1980 by Il 11 -- onnage.-. f
42% from the 1979 figure of, _. ,
--. j ....... i- -..................----

321,483 tons. It was this- -_ --_--_--_ I" -
increase which offset the 9-
fall in tourist liner i
tonnage and maintained the [I] .- --
1980 total figure for the 7 --- [
year at almost the same level[
as the 1979 total figure. -
In 1981, however, both cargo --- -
vessel tonnage and tourist -
4- -....... ......- --
liner tonnage were down. Cargo Vessel-
Sonna e
The cargo vessel tonnage
shows a reduction of 11% in 2
1981 while tourist liner -
tonnage, with only 131 calls pi. ...
as compared with the 1980 [C ---
75 76 77 78 79 80 811
figure of 195, plunged by 7 71
31%. Conbining these
figures, the 1981 total of 1.5 million tons for the year is down by
27% from the 1980 total figure of 2.1 million tons.

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An interesting feature of the cargo vessel statistics is that, as com-
pared with 1980, while there was an increase in the number of calls
made by cargo vessels, there was a decrease in the total annual tonn-
age of ships discharging cargo at this port. This seems to in-
decate that, in 1981, the island was served by a greater number of
smaller vessels, thus reducing the.average size of cargo ship calling.

ar the three years under review, ships registered in the United
Kingdom recorded the highest tonnage calling in 1980 and 1981 while
ships registered in Italy

Shipping Tonnage At Grenada
By Ships' Registration

United ~Kdom
Neth. Antille
"Rua sia
^est Germany
Yugos lavia
Cayman Island

Tourist Cargo Total
Tonnage Tonnage Tonnage
592609 592609
390261 145435 535696
253745 4590 258335
155660 5990 161650
113590 12787 126377
*s104898 10173 115071
91857 91857
65560 65560
.8553 39244 47797
-43101 '43101
-26182 : 26182
.11300 11300'
9897 9897
-9795 9795
is 8839 8839
6350 6350
5739 5739
-4057 4057
-1815 1815
1260 1260
128 128
1788033 335382 2123415
= ;- -- 5

recorded the highest tonn-
ago calling in 1979.

In the case of the Italian
ships, the recorded figure
of 592,609 tons repres-
ents tourist liners only.
The British tonnage irn
1980 and 1981 is respec-
tively 689,502 and 641,461
and, in both instances,
represents both tourist
liners and cargo vessels.

Monthly statistics cover-
ing tourist liners and
cargo vessels calling at
Grenada during the period
1979 to 1981 show a re-
curring pattern though,
in the case of tourist
liners, that pattern is

a little distorted because the Tourist Industry in Grenada is ex-
periencing a slump.

Officially, the "Winter Cruise Season" runs from October to May, and
statistics show a peak in tourist liner arrivals running from De-
cember to April. There is a sharp fall off in May and June
followed by a slight rise in July and August. There is another

Shipping Tonnage At Grenada
1975 To 1981

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fall off in September and from October begins the rise for the coming
"Winter Cruise Season."

Statistics for 1979 show
Shipping Tonnage At Grenada
a graph which is fairly 1980
... 1980
characteristic of this
By Ships' Registration
pattern, but, in 1980 eistra
Tourist Cargo Total
there was an unusual Country Tonnage.Tonnage Tonnage
fall off in March United Kingdom 566634 122868 689502
followed by a.quick Greece 388460 76770 465230
Italy 443847 443847
recovery in April to Panama 116674 46884 163558
a tonnage which ex- Liberia 36970 32165 69135
Cuba 62718 62718
ceeds the figure for Neth. Antilles 41643 7764 49407
that month in 1979. Russia 35305 1435 36740
Cayman Islands 26017 26017
West Germany 4576 16222 20798
In 1981, the pattern Holland 1514 13276 14790
is roughly standard France 8114 4057 12171
Yugoslavia 11300 11300
but thepeaks during Argentina 8921 8921
the early months of Cyprus 8433 8433
Portugal -7140 7140
the year are blurred, Canada : 7005 7005
the fall off in Singapore . 6062 6062
U.S.A. 5637 5637
August is deeper and Denmark 1070 1070
the recovery during Guyana -891 891
Brit. Vir. Islands 64 64
the latter months of
Total :- 1655037 455399 2110436
the year is slow. -

Statistics for cargo
vessels during the 1979 to 1981 period show two recurring peaks in
June.and November. The tonnage of the ships recorded by Lloyds
gives no indication of the tonnage of cargo discharged at Grenada,
but those recurring peaks must bear some relationship to the patterr,
of trade in the island.
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Tourist Tonnage

Thousand January To December
Tons 1979 1981


0 i .- .---- -1979

100 ,
100 1980
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It should be noted that lloyds records show the tonnage and names of
ships calling, but do not indicate whether they are cargo vessels or
tourist liners. In
most instances, be-
cause. thc names of
the tourist liners Shipping Tonnage At Grenada
are familiar, it is 1981
possible to differ- By Shipst Registration
entiate, but not in Tourist Cargo Total
vey Country Tonnage Tonnage Tnnage
every caseA
United Kingdom 544305 97156 641461
Italy 407907 407907
statistics quoted Greece 92076 62859 154935
are possibly in- Russia 51361 2126 53487
West Germany 18384 30106 48490
correct to fhe ex- Panaa 43142 43142
-eent that, in the Holland 34078 34078
Cayman Islands 24360 24360
figures for 1981, Japan 19628 19628
there is some Liberia 19122 19122
Cuba 13898 13898
doubt about two Cyprus 13368 13368
ships totaling Spain 13184 13184
Yugoslavia 11014 11014
20,914 tons. The Bahamas 10084 10084
probability is Singapore 8683 8683
USA -8463 8463
that they are tour- Canada 7005 7005
ist. liners and they Nigeria 6013 6013
Dominica 905 905
have been recorded St Vincent 532 532
as such;. Add- Trinidad -522 522
Denmark -230 230
itionally, there is t Lucia -189 189
a-other ship of. Anguilla 136 136
6,374 tons, in the Total :- 1137301 403 5535154 836
same year, about
,hich there is -
doubt and which, because of the probability, has been taken as a cargo

The total tonnage for the years 1978 and 1979 is incorrect as there is
a ship in each of those years for which the tonnage is not available.

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