Sunday 5 July, 2020

Port Authority CEO not suspended over ferry probe

Acting General Manager and CEO at the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) Charmaine Lewis

Acting General Manager and CEO at the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) Charmaine Lewis

Irresponsible.

This is how the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) has described media reports stating that its Acting General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Charmaine Lewis has been placed on suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into the charter of the Cabo Star and Ocean Flower 2 ferries and the subsequent termination of the contract of the latter.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, PATT said Lewis maintains her positions at the Port Authority. 

"The Port Authority wishes to place on record that Ms Lewis has not been suspended and continues to hold her position as General Manager/Chief Executive Officer at the Port Authority." 

It slammed media reports indicating that Lewis had been suspended, describing them as "irresponsible" and "reckless", as it said that the Authority had not been contacted to verify the information before it was published. 

"The Port Authority views these statements as irresponsible and reckless as no verification of Ms Lewis' status as an employee was sought from the Authority consistent with the established practice of responsible journalism."

The Port Authority is now calling for an apology to Lewis and a formal retraction of the "untrue" statements. 

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