Minister confirms military vessels an option to fill cargo gap

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 18:15

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.

Sinanan told the news conference that on March 30th, the government received a notice letter from the charters of the Superfast Galicia, indicating that the boat will be pulled from service on April 14th, Good Friday.

The date was later changed to April 18th.

"We feel very confident that the easter weekend everything will be in place and until new ferry located several options of contingency," he said.

He outlined other options, including the use of service vessels in Trinidad waters that are usually employed by energy companies.