T&T Port Authority to iron out plans for Galleons Passage on regional service

T&T Port Authority to iron out plans for Galleons Passage on regional service (Trinidad Guardian)

The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) is awaiting a meeting with Government officials to plan the way forward, as the Government appears to be quickly forging ahead with the regional ferry service between Guyana, T&T and Barbados.

This follows Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s announcement on Wednesday that the Galleons Passage will be used for the regional ferry service’s inaugural trip.

Cabinet was also scheduled to sign off on the ferry service yesterday, according to Rowley.

Speaking to Guardian Media via telephone yesterday, PATT chairman Lyle Alexander said discussions have to be held to iron out how things will be done going forward.

And if the Galleons Passage is used for more trips, PATT said it will impact Tobago.

Alexander said, “We have to undergo discussions before we come to any kind of implementation of this. Of course, there will be a whole lot of moving parts that we need to consider, so I would say, let us get the time first to plan this properly and talk about it before we come to any solid, concrete position.”

Guardian Media also reached out to regional heads in Barbados to find out when they will be signing off on the ferry service.

Barbados’ Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kerrie Symmonds said at present, their technical officials are going through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) prior to signing.

Symmonds said, “From Barbados’ perspective, the proposal to initiate the regional ferry service is an ideal whose time has come. It is all about deepening our regional cooperation, so as to enable our citizens to access fresh produce and a variety of other commodities of a commercial type. It is a direct response to the challenges that our people have been experiencing with respect to the escalating cost of living, and it is also a direct response to the challenges that our governments have been facing with respect to escalating food import bills, and the search for food security.”

He said he hoped they will be able to give life to the project soon.

“I also confidently hope that our regions’ private sector will see this initiative and let it serve as an example of how they themselves can mobilise their own resources,” he added.

Attempts to contact Attorney General Reginald Armour and Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan for comment were unsuccessful yesterday.

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