Sunday 23 September, 2018

Imbert slams 'fake news' on Tobago 'slow boat'

The MV Cabo Star arrived in T&T in July to provide cargo services on the inter-island sea bridge.

The MV Cabo Star arrived in T&T in July to provide cargo services on the inter-island sea bridge.

There is absolutely no truth to an article published in the Newsday today regarding negotiations on a ‘fancy’ new vessel to be procured by Government from Singapore to service the inter-island sea bridge.

The article “Slow Boat To ‘Bago” claims Government is negotiating with a company in Singapore by the name of Singapore Technologies Marine Limited to purchase what the newspaper has described as a very large and fancy cruise ferry, built in Singapore, and equipped with a helicopter landing pad and entertainment facilities, among other things.

In a statement today, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said the article is “completely erroneous, false and misleading”.

He explained that Government is in the process of acquiring a roll on/roll of vessel to be put into operation on the sea bridge and the necessary arrangements are still being made.

“The reality is that the Government is in the process of finalising the acquisition of a suitable brand-new roll on/roll off (ROPAX) vessel to accommodate passengers and vehicles for the inter-island ferry service, and as further details become available, further information will be made public.”

“However, there is absolutely no truth in the Newsday story,” Imbert concluded.