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Govt seeks company to manage Water Taxis, sea bridge

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan says a tender will soon be advertised for a management company to take over operations of the Water Taxi Service and the Tobago sea-bridge.

After months of public discontent over the unavailability of the T&T Spirit and the T&T Express due to regular malfunctions, Sinanan said he was not convinced that there were in-house capabilities with regards to the maintenance of the vessels.

There have also been complaints about the slow pace of the Water Taxis, which also suffer the same issues. Speaking during a tour of the Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension Project in La Romaine yesterday, he said that like the Water Taxis, the T&T Spirit and the T&T Express have been missing their scheduled visits to the dry dock over the past two years.

He said the Port Authority and Nidco are working to find a way to ensure proper maintenance and the timely replacement of the vessels.

"If you notice there are a lot of changes taking place and very soon you will see all the changes. That is why there is now a tender going out for a new management company to handle these vessels because it has been clear to us that we do not have the capabilities of doing it. No one can convince me that we have the in-house capabilities of doing it," Sinanan said.

Following completion of repairs to the T&T Express, the vessel returned to operations on Thursday while the T&T Spirit undergoes sea trials. It is expected to resume operation by March 13.


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