Friday 24 May, 2019

Watson Duke calls for PM to intervene in fast ferry issue

Tobago minority leader Watson Duke said that the people of Tobago will not tolerate the continued confusion regarding transportation for the sea bridge after the contract for the recently acquired Ocean Flower 2 was terminated.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, he called on Prime Minister Dr Keith to intervene and take over the Ministry of Works and Transport in order to resolve the situation, adding that the lives of Tobagonians depend on the matter's swift resolution.

"I am calling upon Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to take over the Ministry of Works and Transport and ensure that Tobagonians are given, with immediate effect, a reliable sea bridge."

He said that it has now been six months that the sea bridge has been working inefficiently. 

Duke added that he and the people of Tobago may even swim to Trinidad as part of a protest demonstration if a replacement fast ferry is not procured soon.

Sinanan announced on Tuesday that the contract for the Ocean Flower 2 was terminated as the vessel had not arrived by its scheduled time. The vessel was due to arrive last month.

Sinanan assured that the termination of the contract would not affect the servicing of the inter-island sea bridge as the three vessels currently in use – the T&T Spirit, T&T Express and the Cabo Star are under passenger capacity.

The Ministry is expected to release an official statement later today.

The cargo ferry, the Cabo Star, which replaced the Super Fast Galicia, arrived last month as scheduled. 

 

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