Trinidad and Tobago is facing a major crisis after a ship, The Gulfstream, capsized off the coast of the Cove Eco-Industrial Estate 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 annual carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago are a significant source of revenue for its economy. This incident has occurred just before these celebrations and has caused widespread damage to both tourism and fishing industries.