Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Government files lawsuit against Intercontinental Shipping

Government has filed civil proceedings against Inter-Continental Shipping Limited over the leasing agreement for the M. V. Superfast Galicia.

In a statement issued Friday, the Ministry of Works and Transport said the Attorney General indicated on February 22 that legal proceedings on behalf of the State has been launched against Inter-Continental Shipping Limited for the purpose of recovering damages for the breach of contract and the early departure of the M.V. Superfast Galicia.

The Ministry said in 2016 government entered into an agreement with Inter-Continental Shipping for an 18-month charter party agreement for the lease of the Superfast Galicia, which was first chartered in 2015.

On April 21, 2017, Inter-Continental removed the Superfast Galicia from the Trinidad and Tobago sea bridge after the Ministry said the company attempted to force government into signing on for a five-year lease agreement without competitive tender.

The Ministry said government is committed to protecting the interests and welfare of citizens.

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“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is committed to protecting the interest and welfare of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. As a measure of this commitment, the government stands resolute to ensure that at no time our citizens would be held to ransom by any entity that has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing a service to the State.”

“We are confident that the justice system of Trinidad and Tobago continues to be robust and that this matter will be treated objectively to ensure justice is delivered in accordance with the evidence presented,” the Ministry said.