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The two sunken
ships in Chaguaramas
Bay and another float-
ing derelict no longer
belong to Tidewater
insists the company s
Joshi was at pains to
clear the air on the
ships in the bay which
have been deemed an
came after a T&T
Guardian report on
Transocean drill ships
coming soon to moor
in T&T waters.
concern over the
mooring of Transocean
ships here, claiming the
vessels were outdated
and that there were
already derelict Tide-
water ships in T&T
But Joshi said the
two sunken ships and
the floating one were
part of a fleet of 12
Tidewater vessels sold
off to Texas-based
four years ago.
"They bought the
ships to scrap them for
steel but had difficulty
getting the environ-
mental clearance to do
so," he said.
them to someone else
who sold it again to
Joshi added: "Tidewa-
ter would never do such
a thing (moor derelict
ships). The three pillars
of our company are safe-
ty, the environment and
"The sale agreement
with Wingreen clearly
states they were buying
the ships for scrapping.
The agreement also states
that after the sale of the
ships, Tidewater will no
longer be responsible for
Joshi said when Tid-
water sold the ships they
were seaworthy and in
"They came from
Brazil to Trinidad in June
2011 on their own power."
He said nine of the
Tidewater ships were
somehow removed by the
buyers and of the remain-
ing three, two sank.
Joshi said associating
Tidewater, a public com-
pany traded on the stock
exchange, with bad envi-
ronmental practices is not
good for its reputation.
He said Tidewater, head-
quarted in New Orleans,
USA, has been in T&T
for the past 50 years,
"We have a Trinidad
office and 75 per cent of
the labour on our ships
in the Caribbean region
The T&T Guardian
attempted to contact
Maritime Services Divi-
sion Beverly Phillips on
the matter but was told
she has retired and no
one has yet replaced her.
Stephen Cadiz, under
whose ministry the divi-
sion falls, was unavail-
Tidewater: We no longer own sunken ships
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar was expected to appoint a
screening committee to begin selecting
candidates for the United National
Congress (UNC) 2015 election cam-
paign this week.
A party source said over 200 people
have filed nominations. Screening was
initially expected to begin today but a
source said it was more likely to start
later in the week.
"People are getting worried because
we want to be able to present the can-
didates and start working the con-
stituencies, particularly the marginal
constituencies," a party official said on
the condition of anonymity.
UNC chairman Khadijah Ameen
declined to say how many people filed
nominations, saying the UNC Secre-
tariat would have that information.
However, no one was in office when
the T&T Guardian called. The screening
committee may likely comprise mem-
bers of the national executive, headed
Nominations started on May 11 and
continued for six weeks. They ended
on June 26.
Several close associates of Persad-
Bissessar have filed nominations, includ-
ing her personal assistant Barry
Padarath, who is vying for the safe seat
of Couva North, currently held by Junior
Environment Minister Ramona Ramdial.
Activist Usha Rampersad, who works
closely with Persad-Bissessar, and
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal
are hoping to contest the Naparima seat.
Minister of the People and Social
Development Christine Newallo-Hosein
and Minister of Sport Brent Sancho are
tipped to contest the St Joseph and
Toco/Sangre Grande seats, respective-
ly.Food Production Minister Devant
Maharaj has filed nomination papers
for Caroni Central, while Stephen Cadiz
and Ramdial have filed for Chaguanas
East and Couva North, respectively.
Oropouche West MP Stacy Roopnar-
ine has filed nomination papers to keep
her seat, as has Moonilal for Oropouche
Trade Minister Vasant Bharath has
filed nomination papers in three mar-
ginal constituencies. Sources say he is
likely to fight the St Joseph seat, where
he is popular. That seat is currently held
by PNM candidate Terrence Deyalsingh.
committee to be
Gospel artiste Tye Tribbett performs his popular single Bless the Lord during Glow Fest at O2 Park,
Chaguaramas. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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