Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Sinanan: We can terminate contract at any time

Government will not hesitate to terminate its contract for the passenger and cargo vessels leased to service the Tobago sea bridge should there be any issues identified upon their arrivals.

The Ocean Flower 2 and the Cabo Star have been engaged to provide passenger and cargo services, while the Port Authority pursues medium term and long term objectives to ensure a more reliable service is experienced by all users on the inter-island sea-bridge.

Speaking with LoopTT Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said if the vessels arrive in Trinidad and Tobago and are not found to be operating satisfactorily, Government has the right to terminate the contract.

The vessels are en route to Trinidad and Tobago at this time; the Cabo Star is expected to arrive in Trinidad on Sunday, while the Ocean Flower 2 is expected to arrive July 26.  

Weather conditions, coupled with the lack of long range fuel capacity delayed the arrival of the Ocean Flower 2 which was originally expected to arrive in T&T July 17.

Sinanan said that as per the provisions of the contract, if the vessels arrive past the outer limit (grace period), penalties can be applied up to termination of the contract.

“Once they don’t meet the requirement they were contracted for we have the right to terminate, that is enshrined in any contract.

In any contract if you are not satisfied with what you are getting, you have the right to terminate.”

Asked what contingencies have been put in place in the event that the vessels arrive and are not functioning up to mark, Sinanan said the vessels are only chartered for a period of time, so there will be other vessels.

Thirteen other vessels were shortlisted for replacement of the MV Superfast Galicia, so the Port Authority has other options to choose from, should Government arrive at the point of a termination in contract.  

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