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Nidco denies claims that boat stalled

Published: 
Monday, July 16, 2018

The Government yesterday shot down claims by the Opposition the Galleons Passage had broken down in the final leg of its journey to T&T.

Nidco chairman Herbert George speaking at a news conference in El Socorro, yesterday, claimed that people were spreading misinformation on the vessel before it arrived to begin work in the inter-island ferry service.

“It is not correct and it just geared at putting fear in the eventual users of the vessel and we want to nip that at the bud,” George said.

He claimed that the vessel had to slow down after experiencing strong currents, but was still scheduled to arrive in Trinidad by 2 pm, this afternoon.

George also sought to debunk alleged issues with the vessel, raised in a preliminary report from a company retained by Nidco.

“Nobody is about to imperil the lives of our citizens by placing them on a board with the adequate safety provisions. That again is just scare tactics to poison the minds of the users of the facility,” George said.

He explained that the report by Tsunami Marine was preliminary and was contingent on information that was not available to the inspector at the time and has since been provided.

Director of Maritime Service Ronald Alfred also advised citizens to not over analyse the technical report.

He also noted that the boat would have to be thoroughly inspected by his department before it is given clearance to carry the T&T flag and to transport passengers.

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