Sugar Ship Avlis Was Not Allowed To Load In Barbados During Cricket World Cup


BFP reader “Crusty” asks how it is that the vessel Avlis will be able to carry 16,000 tonnes of sugar in one trip as reported by the CBC – when the vessel’s registered gross tonnage is only 10,993.

How about it, CBC? What’s the story?

Original Article… 

Shipping contracts and vessels are booked many months and sometimes a year in advance. One doesn’t call up the owners the week before and say, “Oh, bye the bye, we have 16,000 tonnes of sugar to go next week. Can you drop round?”

I wonder how much the delay cost, or if it will be factored into the total losses from the Cricket World Cup.

From the CBC…

Barbados first sugar shipment to the United Kingdom should be leaving these shores later this week.

That’s because the sugar boat “The Avlis” has arrived in the Bridgetown Port after being delayed. A check with port officials has revealed that the ship arrived in Barbados just after midnight on Friday and should be leaving Barbados later this week.

Sugar officials had to push back the shipment date after the port was unable to accommodate the boat in April with world cup activity at its height.

CBC understands that the shipment will comprise 16 thousand tonnes of sugar. Another shipment bound for the United Kingdom is set to leave at the end of the crop. This year’s harvest is well over the halfway mark with 34 thousand tonnes of sugar set to be produced.

Original article online at the CBC link here.

Cargo Ship AVLIS

Just for fun I tried to find out a bit about the vessel AVLIS online. I thought I’d post a picture of her if one could be had. Other than a pay-for-information ship registry (which I didn’t access), I couldn’t find much in the public domain. This was complicated by the fact that AVLIS is also the name of a shipyard and a process to refine uranium.

I did find that AVLIS was built as a general cargo ship and launched in Japan in 1979. She has a gross tonnage of 10,993 and visited New Zealand only once – on April 20, 1983.

There you go… perfectly accurate, but useless, information from the net! 🙂


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10 responses to “Sugar Ship Avlis Was Not Allowed To Load In Barbados During Cricket World Cup

  1. Crusty

    As the saying goes: It’s hard to get 10 pounds of
    sugar into a 5 pound sack.

    Gross tonnage includes weight of cargo.
    16,000 tonnes of sugar does not fit into a vessel
    weighing 10,993 tonnes fully laden.

  2. BFP

    Good point Crusty!

    I wonder what this means. Is the harvest much less than we are being told, or will there be a few more shipments?

    Our friends at the CBC need to explain the mistake.

  3. GO,CBC!

    – or just more Success-propagandistic lies and half-truths,
    broadcast for the not-terribly-bright Masses out there to assimilate
    (and to reckon they’re being told God’s Truth..??)

  4. Jerome Hinds

    Another one of the CWC 2007 BOO – BOO !

  5. Anonymous

    Thank you Jerome Hinds, for pointing out that, indeed, this is yet another boo boo assoc. with the grandest cricket screwup ever!

    some time ago, someone in here mentioned that the final history of the CWC ’07 debacle would not be finally written and complete, until later down in the year.

    This sugar ship story is an excellent example of what was pointed out.

    Whoever’s doing the writing for 2007, I beg in no hurry to sign off until at least Jan.1st., 2008,
    coz there are a few more incidental/peripheral worms yet to emerge.
    This is just one of them!

  6. John

    Mr. Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg of the EU is saying on CBC that in order for the Caribbean to benefit from the export of sugar it has to export more!!

    He feels that 40 years on the ACP countries still export the same basic commodities and have not used the Lome agreement to upgrade themselves.

    Dame Billie says that the Lome agreement is only a piece of paper and that what we need is technical assistance to improve our ability to make new products.

    Things getting interesting in sugar, pity we gone and sell of all of our land to build houses and golf courses for the rich.

    We never figured out that we need to make and export … something, so we still haven’t figured out what that something is.

  7. Straight talk

    After 400 years of sugar growing, we are asking for assistance on how to increase production!
    Wha Happening?
    To which technocrats are our subsidies going?

  8. Straight talk

    Excuse the double posting, but has anyone ever quantified the importance of our sugar industry’s earnings with the subsidies the industry receives.
    This may be heresy, yet informative.

  9. John

    Guess we could ask Owen to give us his take on the sugar industry. He is an economist!!

    I just thought it was quite different to hear a supposedly important and knowledgeable guy make such a statement in the forum where he made it.

    It totally contradicts what we normally hear and suggests that there may be another way of looking at agriculture which is different from what we use at the moment.

  10. John

    Guess the key to this may be to think agriculture and consider sugar as one aspect of it.