The Port Authority says it has approached the World Bank for expertise on a suitable cargo vessel to transfer goods between Trinidad and Tobago.
As such, the board has terminated the tender process for a new vessel.
The following is a statement by the board.
"In keeping with its mandate to provide efficient and reliable inter-island transport services, the Board and Management of the Authority wish to assure the public that the “best” available options will always be pursued to ensure that there is no disruption in this service.
Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan says one of the options available to the government to take up the slack when the cargo vessel, 'Superfast Galicia' stops operating, is the use of two military cargo vessels.
Acting prime minister Colm Imbert added, at today's post-Cabinet news conference, that when the government order six vessels from Damen, two were cargo vessels.
Both ministers confirmed that the government is keeping that route as one of the options.
The Port Authority of T&T (PATT) will be chartering a cargo vessel for the Tobago service for three years and will also be buying a new cargo vessel, Works Minister Rohan Sinanan confirmed yesterday.
“This is to ensure the inter-island ferry service would not be jeopardised in the future,” Sinanan said in the Senate while replying to Opposition queries concerning reports about the imminent recall of the Super Fast Galicia cargo vessel from the Tobago ferry service.
The Galicia’s impending departure has caused concern among stakeholders, including business people.