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Tobago Chamber happy with new ferry

Published: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Tobago Division of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce says it is “happy” that the Government saw it in its “wisdom to purchase a brand new fast ferry,” for the sea bridge.

Chairman of the Tobago Division Demi John Cruickshank said the Chamber is hoping that the vessel would be in operation very quickly, “we are hoping it can arrive before the carnival season and be put into operation almost immediately.”

Cruickshank said the Chamber is also hoping that at the meeting with the Prime Minister on January 22 they will get additional information including “what is the name of the ferry, how soon the ferry would be here, how soon it would be in operation, the size of the ferry, the capacity of the ferry, the speed of the ferry.”

He said they are also hoping to get additional details on the Prime Minister’s announcement about the construction of the airport terminal building.

The Chamber wants answers on “what is the proposed structure for the terminal building and when construction will begin.” They will also seek answers on the Prime Minister’s plans for the economic development of Tobago.

Cruickshank said the Chamber was satisfied that their request for Finance Minister Colm Imbert to be present at the meeting has been met.

Also attending the meeting will be chief secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly Kelvin Charles.

The meeting will take place at the Magdalena Hotel.

The announcement of the construction of the terminal building and the purchase of a new vessel for the sea bridge were made by the Prime Minister in his address to the nation on Sunday night.

Rowley said the vessel was purchased in Asia and will arrive in the country in the coming weeks. He did not provide details on who conducted the sea trials and who was the agent who sourced the vessel for the government.

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