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Moorings could have been handled differently - Skelton-Cline

Claude O. Skelton-Cline believes the Government could have handled the non-compliant yachting saga differently given the present tourism climate. Photo: Facebook/File
Moorings is one of the largest yachting companies in the Virgin Islands and strong measures were taken when many of its vessels were found to be non-compliant with required measures for safety and operations. Photo: VINO/File
Moorings is one of the largest yachting companies in the Virgin Islands and strong measures were taken when many of its vessels were found to be non-compliant with required measures for safety and operations. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Local commentator and man of the cloth Claude O. Skelton-Cline has blasted the handling of charter companies. He said, taking into account the marketing of the Territory's tourism products and the trickledown effect on the local economy, it could have been handled better.

He shared those concerns while a guest on JTV's Big Story on Thursday evening March 17, 2022 as he weighed in on the recent measures taken by the Government to ensure compliance by the yachting industry.

“We need leaders in our country and in any walk of life, in the market place and or in our church and in our homes who have the courage and the clarity to lead,” he remarked.

He also noted that what is needed is leadership that is “willing to tell their truth to their people in love without diminishing the value of the individual for the benefit of the group”.

That was said as Skelton-Cline opined that considering the far reaching effect of hundreds of boats being given the cease operation order, other methods could have been used to penalise errant charter companies and boat owners.

He insisted, "What we have to be cautious about is not just what we do but how we go about doing what we do."

The commentator added, "in the context of our whole geo socio-economic, political construct particularly so for which we have been living in these past two years."

Coming from a tourism perspective, he said that due to the fact that the sector has been "flat on its face" for the past two years, "not just on its knees these last two years for reasons beyond our control and we are trying to prime the pump to get tourism back up to spec because tourism represents some 95% of our industry".

Building his argument, he expressed every confidence in the Department of Customs doing their job to the extent of saying he would put his head on the block.

Skelton-Cline is of the view that one of the Charter companies, Moorings, being the largest in the Territory, was indeed guilty of flunking the regulations and needs choking off but he added, "But how do you choke them off? Do you do it in the middle of a season that is about to ramp up given the background I just gave or do we find some other methodology behind the scene where you deal with Moorings and any others who are not compliant?"

According to Skelton-Cline, it does not look good for the Territory in the line of marketing for the tourism sector.

He added that, what the Territory could not afford at this time transpired as a result of the heavy crack-down, “All those stops those boats would make, all the drinks they would have bought, all the produce from the supermarkets to fill those boats, all of the value added ancillary things that brings to bare in an economy that is already down, that has been beaten down."

32 Responses to “Moorings could have been handled differently - Skelton-Cline”

  • truth be told (20/03/2022, 12:31) Like (45) Dislike (11) Reply
    You finally hit the nail on its head. Now tell the congregation that the bible is a set of made up stories and you can run for next election.
  • Thank you..! (20/03/2022, 12:40) Like (46) Dislike (14) Reply
    It was an all out harassing assault on one of our biggest employers without respect and consideration..a desperate move to get money in the treasury.. An organized plan to Rob the Sea Bank...Could have definitely handled in a more professional and compassionate way...This is not good, or is it a good look.
  • UKM (20/03/2022, 12:46) Like (15) Dislike (14) Reply
    Skelton-Cline you are right on point.
  • Just observing (20/03/2022, 13:16) Like (39) Dislike (4) Reply
    The one thing with this individual is that whenever the sitting Government cuts off his cash flow, he begins to undermine them, or starts praising or promoting another group. This is an opportunist that will more than likely never be elected to the House of Assembly with this kind of approach. For the people? When! For himself? Always!
    • @just observing (21/03/2022, 21:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are truly blessed with wisdom. Very well said! One of the lowest form of men are those like himself.
  • Tamara Greene (20/03/2022, 13:23) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    You still cant see that no one cares what you have to say.
  • True (20/03/2022, 13:38) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes just give them two to three week more to get everything. It is not like they refused to comply they just need their shipment of stuff to arrive.
    • .....and (20/03/2022, 17:33) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Probably held up by the same person that raided them.
    • what (20/03/2022, 19:29) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      They could have ordered from October. How come the other charter companies got theirs. They , the Moorings, was playing hard ball .
      • @wHAT (21/03/2022, 06:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        If the other charter companies combined in compliance needed 40 and and mooring and dyc need 440 do marhs and tell me. Custom very well know the next 40 was not availavle for local purchase. Suppliers here told customs about the high demand for the stuff and it was ordered by the supplier. Receipts was shown. Suppliers again informed them that the stuff had to be manufactured. It eas a high demand for the stuff to be in compliance but bvi does not have the quantity needed.
  • he right (20/03/2022, 13:56) Like (21) Dislike (12) Reply
    Because that's not the way to handle one of the country's biggest employers
    • Madussa (20/03/2022, 19:29) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ he right. Then one of the country's biggest employees should have been up to date with their fees! Only the boaters are on here complaining. They have been so used to taking their time doing what they wanted, that they forgot they still have to pay the piper. Stop whining, pay up, and keep up to date so this does not have to happen again.
  • Man-of-The-Cloth (20/03/2022, 13:57) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    CSC, Are you familiar with the term "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God, the things that are God's" It is so-call LEADERS like you. Wow! I say no more on the subject matter.
  • its not what you do but how you do it (20/03/2022, 13:59) Like (23) Dislike (14) Reply
    Don't allow Wade them so to ruin the tourism product, as a matter of fact he was given too much power.
  • W*F (20/03/2022, 14:46) Like (18) Dislike (6) Reply
    kick the struggling locals in the testicles but pat the rich investors on the back it is amazing what 30 pieces of silver wont do
  • c (20/03/2022, 15:41) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    I guess after all that lockdown ect the government’s revenue dropped off so now they need to find ways to levie fines every where the can.
    • @c (21/03/2022, 06:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Imagine they put a fine on boats that were alrwady grounded. The boats could not operate worhout permits yet they were fined for being grounded. lol. If a taximan didnt licence his vehicle and grounded the said vehicle because he does not have licence for it will someone in authority hit him with a fine?
  • right (20/03/2022, 15:50) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    Right is not always might. Right must always be tempered with compassion. Everybody know that Most of those boats have not been rented for the past two years. So the company is definitely looking to reduce over heads, that is one aspect of it and I am sure as the season pick up the rest of the boats would have been bought into compliance. These are the same people who confiscated Oil destine for a statutory body some years ago. Some time we are a little over zealous to nobody's benefit and our own detriments.
  • Rudolph (20/03/2022, 16:44) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Had the Gov't enforced the law against a locally owned small business this same cline fellow would be shouting about the Gov't stifling the small man while ignoring the large foreign companies similar to his rantings about the COI - Of course not to mention the race issue. Sir, you exhibit an unstable though process that simply flows with the tide so long as your name and photo is in the papers. This is not the mentality that could be elected to a leadership role in this country. Much like Cindy, you just want to be seen/heard. You could not possibly be trusted with the interest of the people.
    One love though.

  • HEY BRO (20/03/2022, 18:42) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    The brown BOMBER does not like people who don't follow his SCRIPT so be warned this ain't Detroit / but hey , we know you got some SKILLS
  • old (20/03/2022, 18:51) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is the Wright thing to do
    ... These boat companies playing with people lives. To long. Cline could say what he wants. Talk is cheap
    These boats move on water not on land.
    . He dont no a thing about boat
  • tola (20/03/2022, 20:09) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    Thank you them officers have no respect for people
  • Joker (20/03/2022, 22:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    This joker is just repeating what he has read on Facebook. Man of the cloth? In St Maarten they call the cloth an ar** towel. Yeah, he’s a man of the cloth.

  • Handle (20/03/2022, 23:33) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    When you learn to handle the locals fairly than you can handle the outsiders fairly also. Too long warning them. Pay the consequence now. Nothing about handle different. Hate customs or like them for doing their job.
    • Personal, one-sided, bias (21/03/2022, 02:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why are they not shutting down the big Super Markets with out dated stuff on their shelves Rat bitten infested stuff in the stores some of them got Rats so big Cats are running from them. .Those are health hazards and risk we deal with daily.. U guess no money in that for them .
  • Dick (21/03/2022, 03:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank God for the COI opening government eyes to revenue on regulations and the international boat owners.
  • the government sucks (21/03/2022, 06:29) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is no way to treat a company who brought yachting in this country to higher hight
  • Norris Turnbull (21/03/2022, 06:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be ye mighty.... none is above the law. Claude full of bull nonsense.
  • Shut (21/03/2022, 10:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    He is just trying to gain likes. Rules are rules no matter what. Plain and simple. Doesn't matter what they have done. This is more reason why they should have complied with the rules. This cr*** just trying to gain likes. I still say the govdid noting wrong. No one is above the law. Simple.

  • Finally! (21/03/2022, 12:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A word of sense from Mr. Skelton Cline finally. I'm guessing that in this particular scenario, regardless of the fat consulting pay cheque Mr. Skelton Cline receives from the taxpayers, nobody in Government is listening.

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