Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Prime Minister to meet Tobago stakeholders over ferry replacement

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has called a meeting with the main stakeholders directly affected by the unsuccessful attempt to find a replacement passenger ferry to service the sea-bridge between Trinidad and Tobago.

The meeting will take place on Monday, August 21, at the Magdalena Grand Hotel Ballroom from 2:00 pm.

A release announcing the meeting said those in attendance will include the Tobago Chamber of Commerce, the Tobago Hoteliers and Tourism Association, the Tobago Truckers Association and the Tobago Unique Bread and Breakfast and Self-Catering Association.

The Member of Parliament for Tobago West Shamfa Cudjoe and the Member of Parliament for Tobago East Ayanna Webster-Roy will also be in attendance along with the Minister of Works and Transport Senator the Honourable Rohan Sinanan.

On Friday, the Prime Minister apologised for the failure to secure a replacement ferry to service the sea bridge.

He said: "I understand the efforts made by those charged with the responsibility and the particular difficulties which they faced in the process at the time when the port sought a vessel which we all anticipated would have been on the route by this time."

"In order to bring relief to those citizens who rely on this very vital inter island service I appeal all those on the job of this assignment to redouble the efforts, without compromising principles and within all contractual safeguards to ensure that an acceptable service is restored at the earliest opportunity."