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Rowley to meet Tobago Chamber on Galicia

TOBAGO BUREAU Monday, April 17 2017

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley is expected to meet with officials of the Tobago Division of the TT Chamber of Industry and Commerce next Monday to discuss plans going forward, to replace the Super Fast Galicia which is on its last few days servicing the sea bridge between the two islands.

This meeting comes days after a letter was penned to the Prime Minister by Chamber chairman Demi John Cruickshank requesting a sit-down to deal with issues surrounding the usage of a barge to transport goods to Tobago from April 21, after the Galicia departs.

Speaking yesterday evening, Cruickshank said he received word from the Prime Minister that a meeting was carded for noon next Monday.

“We have received word that the meeting has been set. We are hopeful to meet with the Prime Minister on the issue, which is of national importance, especially for the people of Tobago,” Cruickshank said.

He is adamant that Rowley needs to tell Tobago if a barge is really what he wants for the inter- island sea transportation of goods.

“At this point in time, the chamber in Tobago and other stakeholders are calling for the resignation of the Minister of Transport (Rohan Sinanan). As important as the highway from San Fernando to Point Fortin is to the people of Trinidad, the inter-island cargo situation is the lifeline for the people of Tobago,” he added.

Cruickshank said priority must be given to Tobago and nothing less will be accepted.

He said at a recent stakeholders meeting held with Minister Sinanan at Mt Irvine Bay Hotel, the Minister was told by the Tobago Chamber in no uncertain terms, the barge will not be accepted as a means of cargo transport on the sea bridge.

“In the meeting, we made it clear to the minister motorised barge, tug barge, any type of barge system, we are not willing to accept,” the Chairman said.

Approximately two weeks ago, news broke of the recall by the owner of the Galicia.

(See Page 6A)

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