Thursday 28 May, 2020

T&T Express not yet sold

The T&T Express will not be returning to service in Trinidad and Tobago.

That was the response of Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan at a media conference at the Ministry’s Port of Spain headquarters when asked for an update on the sale of the vessel, which was fraught with operational issues.

The T&T Express, which, prior to being pulled from local service in 2018 serviced the inter-island sea bridge for over a decade, was initially supposed to be drydocked, but following a Cabinet decision was offered for sale due to the high cost of maintenance.

Sinanan said a tender went out for the sale of the vessel, and, so far, two bids have been received.

The bids will then formally be sent to the Ministry, after which it will be forwarded to Cabinet.

Following this, a decision will be made on the way forward.

Speaking on the leasing of a 10-year-old Maltese vessel to service the inter-island sea bridge, the Minister explained that it was necessary to get the vessel in service soon as the T&T Spirit is scheduled to be drydocked in the near future.

“The T&T Express will not be coming back into service in Trinidad and Tobago, and for that reason it is very important that a third vessel come into service because the Spirit has to go in to dry dock some time later this year.”

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