Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Ocean Flower 2 contract terminated as supplier fails to deliver vessel

The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) has terminated the contract for the Ocean Flower 2 passenger ferry.

The decision was taken late on Tuesday, after the supplier of the vessel failed to meet the delivery date within the extension period laid out in the contract.

The Port Authority's legal team recommended that the contract be terminated on that basis to rule out any legal repercussions. 

Tenders will go out for a new vessel.

Speaking with LoopTT, Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan assured that the termination of the contract would not affect the servicing of the inter-island sea bridge as the three vessels currently in use – the T&T Spirit, T&T Express and the Cabo Star are under passenger capacity.

The vessel was originally expected to arrive July 17, then July 26 as per the extension granted.

The Port Authority has been working to secure a new passenger ferry to service the inter-island sea bridge since the MV Superfast Galicia was pulled from local service earlier this year.

The Port Authority is expected to release an official statement on the termination of the contract later today.

 

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