‘Vile Rumour’ Of Scarcities Due To Grounded Ships Prompts Response From Shippers

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The Shipping Association of Saint Lucia (SAS) has responded to social media voice notes urging locals to stock up on goods because the major shipping companies have grounded their vessels due to fuel price hikes.

In a statement on Wednesday, the association declared that the claims were false.

In one of the voice notes, a woman declares that Saint Lucia and the Caribbean will receive no shipments of products from next week until December.

“We have heard the vile rumour,” SASL President Shem Glasgow told St Lucia Times.

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“There is no confirmation whatsoever that vessels around the world are grounding their efforts due to the rise in fuel prices. In fact, when fuel prices go up vessels raise the freight cost for shipments and these costs of course affect the retail consumer. However, no vessel owner, no vessel agent, no carrier has stated that they will be grounding their vessels neither here nor across the wider world,” he disclosed.

Glasgow noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in shipment delays due to staffing issues at various ports and resulting congestion.

But he observed that the delays were expected.

“We are living in unprecedented times where everything is slower, more lethargic, but it has never ever created a delay where he stopped permanently,” the SASL President expressed.

“The world continues to move via sea freight,” he declared.

While encouraging Saint Lucians to spend wisely amid commodity price hikes, Glasgow also urged people to listen to news from reputable sources they could trust.

“Do not run with information via voice note and expect it to be factual just because it is spreading like wildfire,” he warned.

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  1. Garbage, floated by the usual suspects. Both sides have their disinformation specialists who spread their varying colors of propaganda. Their only objective is to spread fear and chaos. Never a dull moment.

  2. 90% of St. Lucian’s do not read and 98% follow and fuel gossips, while some change there versions of the false news to a different level. Any right minded person will dismissed such hoax and continue to grow what they eat.. bottom line!

  3. saint lucians always listening to some idiotic message on social media and spreading it and making other lucians more stupid. the same way they were saying that we would have another lock down and it never happened. smdh

  4. The voice note may have been exaggerated but there will come a point if fuel (diesel) gets too expensive and shippers can’t pass on the costs, the will park their boats as demand will dry up. Hope you people recall many boats floating out on seas second quarter 2020. Those were ships loaded with oil. Demand for oil evaporated and it made no sense trying to sell. They simply left the boats out there to float. So yes it did stop.

    • Lool as you said in your comment “Hope you people recall many boats floating out on seas second quarter 2020. Those were ships loaded with oil. Demand for oil evaporated and it made no sense trying to sell. They simply left the boats out there to float. So yes it did stop.” that is so false like the voice note.

      the reason those ships were left afloat is because just like other ships with cargo there was no one at the ports to offload them because of all this covid thing. So the ships had no choice but to stay at sea untill they can get their cargo offloaded which resulted in a backlog of goods being delivered

      • Actually no. Much of the offloading is automated in many ports. There was no demand for it. Flights were grounded. Factories weren’t operating. Trucks weren’t moving cargo. The point is DEMAND. If there is no demand for a commodity don’t expect anyone to make it available because it won’t be profitable. Demand can erode in multiple ways. Obsolescence (think cable TV >> Netflix, land lines >> mobile phones). Destruction of disposable income (housing crash 2008 in the US). Change of spending habits. If products get too expensive, people simply won’t be able to afford them. Demand dries up. Local shops will have no reason to import them. Shippers will have no reason to send anything here. It is plausible although exaggerated. You can think me later for teaching you some basic economics cause you probably never did it.

      • @ ECONOMIST at the end of the day who are flying the planes? people!. who are operating the factories? people! who are driving the trucks from the ports to the different stores to get your product ? people! who has to program the automation for this automated offloading you speak of? people! so MA MALAY is right and if there is a high demand as you so say and there is no one to work this high demand what do you expect is going to happen to the goods.? they are just going to be stagnant cause it cant get delivered. for those who dont want to believe here is a link clip from the international news explaining why ships were seen just floating at sea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myn8V8JEGgg


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