CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
Thursday January 29, 2015
Yet ANOTHER cargo ship is lost...
With tourist numbers going up and up (thanks to booming land based visits - as cruise ship numbers are rigorously limited), the loss of yet another cargo ship (down from 5 just 18 months ago, to 2 now) is reallys starting to have an impact on the availability of supplies in the islands. Dry goods, hardware, gas for cookers - all appear to risk being in short supplies. CNH Tours friends report empty shelves in some grocery stores.
One ship owner responded to my query about how this might affect his business: "We are affected big time, specially for engine supplies and fluids that are not transported by plane. Food refitting starts to become an issue for everyone on the islands."
He adds that there is some negligence involved:
The "Floreana" cargo ship ran aground yesterday morning. It is resting in about 10 metres of water - with most of the superstructure stilll above the water line. Authorities are currently trying to figure out what to do.