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Ferry crew exhausted
Due to a tired crew, the 6.30 am
sailing of the ferry from the port
of Port-of-Spain was delayed by
five and a half hours yesterday.
The confirmation came from
Works and Transport Minister Ro-
han Sinanan, who blamed port man-
agement for not putting measures
in place to ensure there was another
crew to take up the slack.
“The challenge we have is the
amount of crew members. I have
recognised this is a problem and I
have asked the Port Association, the
Marine Division and the Pilot As-
sociation to look into this matter,”
Sinanan told the T&T Guardian in
“We have vessels but we are short
on crew. But that to me is not accept-
able because we have to ground the
vessels and we do not have the crew.”
Passengers were informed prior
to the delay, the minister said, but
he added that the problem occurred
because the crew may have been
working consistently over a period
“The crew has to work for a cer-
tain amount of hours and they would
have to rest for a certain amount of
hours,” the minister said.
He said according to maritime law
and international standards, a crew
must rest for a stipulated period, just
like crews in the aircraft industry.
On how many crew members were
presently employed and how many
more were needed, Sinanan said he
did not have such information at
The Port Authority eventually
pushed yesterday’s 6.30 am sailing
to noon, while the 4 pm sailing was
moved to 3 pm.
Over the past days there has been
heavy congestion at the ferry termi-
nal in Port-of-Spain, as irate truck
drivers complained that their cargo
was not being allowed to board the
Super Fast Galicia although they had
Some passengers with small chil-
dren wanting to head to Tobago for
the Easter vacation also complained
of long lines, claiming that prefer-
ence was being given to sending con-
struction material to Tobago.
The T&T Express only resumed
operations on Wednesday after being
dry docked and initially experience
technical issues on its first journey
to Tobago, resulting in a delay.
Describing the events as a “learn-
ing experience” for him, Sinanan
yesterday said most of the problems
stemmed from poor management.
“Management will have to fix this
before the next Easter period comes
because these are things that have
been going on for years,” he said.
“Some where along the line I feel
management is dropping the ball and
I intend to fix that, because you can-
not tell me you have the vessels but
we don’t have a crew... why didn’t we
have something else in place for that.
I am not going to make any excuse
for management. They need to get
this act together.”
Regarding the Super Fast Galicia,
Sinanan, who visited the port early
yesterday, said he was informed for
the fist time from “members of the
chamber and otherwise” that the
vessel was too small. But he said
this may not be the case.
“It is not that the boat is too small
to take all the cargo. What is hap-
pening is because of the size of the
berth, it cannot take the full capacity
because the boat will go down. So
this is probably the wrong boat for
our infrastructure,” Sinanan said.
There were still a number of goods
vehicles bound for Tobago lined up at
Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain yes-
terday. But Sinanan assured all goods
would reach the island on time.
“We have a delay but we brought in
the water taxis to take up the slack.
Obviously they would not have been
able to take all the passengers, but
the sailing is going to happen today
(yesterday),” Sinanan said.
On recommendations going for-
ward, he said management of the
port met yesterday and will provide
a comprehensive report to him.
“Management met up to late last
night (Thursday). I spoke to them
and they are meeting again because I
told them I want something finalised
by the end of today (yesterday) and
we are looking at all the options,”
Ex-prisoner gunned down weeks after freedom
JENSEN LA VENDE
The murder of Quincy Allen in the
Port-of-Spain division yesterday had
senior police officers suspecting that
there are people now targeting men
recently released from prison.
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police (Crime) Irwing Hack-
shaw said the Port-of-Spain division is
now experiencing gang warfare from men
recently released from prison who targeting
“We are seeing people released from
prison belonging to Muslim gang from
Laventille being targeted and there is some
concern that people who were Muslims
defecting to Rasta City, so there is some
reprisals for that. Also, there is another
theory that the recently released men are
being targeted by others from the East Dry
River area,” Hackshaw said.
Allen, who police said was released from
prison recently, had stopped near East Side
Bakers around 12.30 pm yesterday, when
a gunman approached him and opened
fire. After shooting the father of one, the
gunman stole the dying man’s gold chain.
Allen, of Duncan Street, was taken to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he
was pronounced dead on arrival.
Allen’s murder is being linked to the at-
tempted murder of Kenwyn “Mang” Fagan
on Wednesday night. Gunmen opened fire
on Fagan around 8 pm near the recently
opened Besson Street Police Station, but
their bullets instead hit Ricardo John, 42.
Fagan was released from prison two days
before this shooting incident.
Police are also investigating a link be-
tween a man released on a murder charge
recently and the increase in gun violence
in the Port-of-Spain division.
In an unrelated incident, police are pe-
rusing reports of missing persons in a bid
to identify burnt skeletal remains found at
Orange Grove Road, Tacarigua, yesterday
morning. Homicide detectives said they will
be seeking to get DNA samples from rela-
tives of missing persons in a bid to identify
the remains. The gender of the remains will
be determined by a pathologist on Tuesday
and police hope that the information, along
with a possible age of the victim based on
the bone structure, will narrow their search.
According to police, a farmer along the
Orange Grove Road contacted the Arouca
Police Station after finding the dismem-
bered burnt skeletal remains on what ap-
peared to be burnt tyres around 9.30 am. A
burnt cutlass was also found nearby.
The murder toll is now 153 for the year.
Crime Scene Investigators search for evidence at the scene of Quincy Allen’s murder on Independence yesterday. PHOTO: DION ROACH
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