Saturday, January 20, 2018

Questions over ferry tender delay

The contract was cancelled for the Ocean Flower II.

Fixin T&T President Kirk Waithe is questioning why there has been a delay in the latest tender for a passenger ferry to service the inter-island seabridge.

The tender was issued in September for the supply of a fast ferry on a two-year time charter, following the cancellation of the contract for the Ocean Flower II. 

Waithe said this tender was promised to be completed within two to three weeks but there has been no word from the Ministry of Works and Transport of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) on the matter.

 He questioned whether the Ocean Flower II is still being considered to service the seabridge. Bridgemans Services Group has issued a new bid to provide ferry services with the vessel. 

Waithe also called on PATT and the Ministry to state whether Bridgemans Services Group or any person representing the interest of the Ocean Flower II had been allowed to survey and measure the ramps at the Port of Spain and Scarborough ports and whether this courtesy was extended to all persons bidding to provide a vessel in response to the last tender. 

He said Bridgeman's Services Group has proven to be “patently unqualifed” to provide vessels for the seabridge.

 Efforts to contact Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan for comment via phone and WhatsApp yesterday were unsuccessful.