(Report Summary) 

The October 8, 2022 allision of the vessel MT Tradewind Passion with the Demerara

Harbour Bridge (DHB) resulted in extensive damages to critical components of the bridge

as a consequence of which the bridge was rendered inoperable, and serious physical

injuries were sustained by an employee of the DHB Corporation.


To ascertain an accurate representation of the sequence of events, and/or contributing

factors, directly or indirectly, to this allision, the Honourable Bishop Juan Edghill,

Minister of Public Works (MOPW), pursuant to section 427(1), Guyana Shipping Act,

Cap. 49:01, Laws of Guyana, caused a preliminary inquiry (PI) to be held. This PI was

conducted by a Board of suitably qualified assessors led by Surveyor of Ships, Capt.

Joseph Lewis. The Board of Inquiry (BOI) consisted of the following persons:

1. Capt. Joseph Lewis - Chairman

2. Lt. Cdr David Shamsudeen

3. Ms. Thandi McAllister

4. Inspector Carlos Ross

5. Mr. Patrick Thompson

6. Ms. Yurlander Hughes, and

7. Mr. Dimitri Ali


The PI was conducted October 10-13, during which period the BOI received information

via interviews, and visits: aboard the Tradewind Passion, the Demerara Harbour Bridge,

and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.

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