October 22, 2014
Atlantic Hotel Inc. (AHI), owner of the Georgetown Marriott Hotel project, has conducted an immediate and preliminary inquiry into a report appearing in the Kaieteur News, Tuesday, 21st October, 2014, headlined “Marriott’s Chinese workers caught dumping drums of waste oil at seawall.”
The Shanghai Construction Group (SCG) is contracted by AHI, for the design and construction of the hotel project. SCG reported that labourers employed by SCG, without authorization of SCG’s management, disposed of the contents of three barrels of cement retardant material, which were in storage pending removal from the site as expired material.
AHI has instituted measures through its site administration to prevent the repetition of this occurring and is fully cooperating with the Guyana Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA), whose team visited the site immediately following the publication of the report in the Kaieteur News. The GEPA will continue to further investigate this matter.
The contractual agreement between AHI and SCG requires SCG to meet minimum LEED (US Green Building Council) certification standards before the hotel is taken over from the contractor. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) USGBC certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.