PM: 'New' passenger ferry on the way
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said government has bought a passenger ferry vessel which is on its way to Trinidad and Tobago from a port in Asia.
Speaking during a televised address to the nation on Sunday night, Dr Rowley said the vessel has been assessed and had passed all checks before the purchase was made.
"A Cabinet sub-committee was immediately substituted to contact and engage international brokers to locate a suitable vessel for lease using NIDCO as the contracting party."
"During the search, a suitable new vessel, which had not been put into service, was found by one broker, and this vessel was available for sale."
"We had all the necessary inspection, examination, certification checks and sea trials done on this vessel, and after all satisfactory reports were obtained, steps have now been taken to purchase this vessel."
He said upon completion of this process the vessel should arrive within weeks from a port in Asia.
The price paid for the vessel was not included in his address.
He said the introduction of the vessel should see a 'dramatic improvement' in sea bridge operations and efficiency.