President of the Inter-Island Truckers Association Horace Amede says his motion calling for a two day shutdown of Tobago is meant to send a message to the powers that be that “this thing cannot continue.”
Referring to months of disruption on the seabridge, he said: “People are hurting and businesses are closing down.”
The shutdown, details of which are yet to be finalised, is getting support from the Minority Council of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and the Public Services Association, both led by Watson Duke.
The finance minister says the new passenger ferry, the galleons passage has begun its journey from China to Port of Spain.
The minister today posted an image of the vessel on Twitter, the caption explained that the boat has left a shipyard in China, it will then go to hong kong, Honolulu, the Panama canal, Santiago and then to Port of Spain.
The minister also pointed out that the name of the vessel, the Galleons Passage can be seen on its stern.
All sailings of the T&T Express have been cancelled this weekend as a result of the Rough Seas bulletin issued by the Met Office.
The Trinidad & Tobago Inter-Island Transportation Company (TTITC) has issued a statement to remind the public that at this time of the year the sea conditions can impact on the sailing schedule as, from time to time, the wave heights are predicted to be in excess of the acceptable 3 metres for the passenger vessels.
The passenger ferry, the Galleons Passage, which was expected to set sail to T&T last Friday is still docked in China as delivery of the new Catamaran is being finalised with the National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO).
On February 5, Finance Minister Colm Imbert posted on his Twitter account that delivery date of the Galleons Passage “is now set for Wednesday, February 7th, 2018,” and that the vessel “is scheduled to set sail for Trinidad and Tobago on February 9th, 2018.”
Due to ongoing repair work and the rough seas bulletin, the 6:30 am sailing from Tobago of the T&T Express for Wednesday 31st January has been cancelled.
The regular sailing schedule will resume at 12 noon from Port-of- Spain.
The Port Authority and the Inter-island Transportation Company Limited (TTIT) is advising the travelling public of the changes in the sailing schedule over the period Monday 15th January – Wednesday 17th January, 2018.
A joint statement says the changes have become necessary due to the existing traffic restrictions implemented in Port-of-Spain arising out of the formalities associated with the state funeral for the late George Maxwell Richards, former President of the Republic Of Trinidad and Tobago.
The amended sailing schedule is as follows:
The Minister of Finance has issued a statement saying it has taken note of an article in the Newsday today with the headline “Slow Boat To ‘Bago”.
The Ministry says the article claims that the Government is negotiating with a company in Singapore by the name of Singapore Technologies Marine Limited to purchase what the newspaper has described as a very large and fancy cruise ferry, built in Singapore, and equipped with a helicopter landing pad and entertainment facilities, among other things.