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Tobagonians call for PM to come to port and experience their problems

Friday, June 2, 2017
The Scarborough, Tobago port.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley needs to come on the port and deal with the situation leaving people of T&T stranded at either the Port-of-Spain or Scarborough Ferry terminal.

This is the cry from frustrated passengers in Scarborough today, after they were informed the T&T Express which was supposed to bring passengers from Trinidad to Tobago yesterday, and return today at 6.30 am, had remained berthed at the port in Port-of-Spain.

As early as 6.30 am vehicles line up near the terminal waiting with groups of people waiting for a vessel that may or may not come today.

One passenger, businesswoman Mary Cadette told reporters the ongoing inconsistency with the water taxi service was frustrating both mentally and financially for passengers.

“What are they doing? They have no short-term plan or long term plan. What if there is a crisis in Tobago? What happens then?”

Cadette’s questions were echoed by other groups of frustrated passengers, some of whom bought tickets for a 2pm sailing yesterday which never appeared.

Some travelers said they had been trying to leave Tobago for the past two days.

“Rowley, deal with the issues. Come on the port and deal with us. See what we go through every day. Water taxi sent to collect Tobago passengers,” Cadette said as others nodded their agreement.

Travelers are being told that the vessel was experiencing engineering problems and mechanical problems.

Some passengers, those without vehicles, were told the water taxi, used to service the North/South Trinidad route, would be sent to Tobago to facilitate their departure.

However, passengers accompanying vehicles are still waiting to be told their options.

Problems with the ferry service escalated in the past three months causing multiple delays and non-sailings.

One of the two vessels run by the port authority, the T&T Spirit is currently undergoing maintenance work, while the other, the T&T Express is being used exclusively for the inter-island ferry service.

Government has promised a solution in the upcoming weeks.


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