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Barge owner promises good service
David Brash, managing
director of Trinity Offshore
Supply and Tow Ltd, which
was recently awarded a con-
tract to transport building
materials and heavy equip-
ment to Tobago on the Trin-
ity Transporter barge, yes-
terday promised to deliver
to the business community
"I don't think Tobago has
enough cargo to fill the barge.
It's more than adequate. This
barge carries a lot of big bulk
cargo. We will see what will
happen from this week," Brash
Brash, whose company is
based in South Oropouche,
pleaded with Tobagonians to
"keep an open mind. You will
see that all the cargoes will be
delivered exactly on time."
His comments came in re-
sponse to Tobago Chamber
of Commerce chairman Demi
John Cruikshank claim that
stakeholders are still against
the idea of a barge operating
on the sea bridge.
Cruikshank's comment came
after the Port Authority of T&T
(PATT) awarded Brash's com-
pany the contract to transport
cargo to on the sea bridge using
its 70.2 metre long barge. The
PATT also secured the MV Pro-
vider to replace the Super Fast
Galicia, which will make is final
The MV Provider will be used
to transport container cargo
and perishable goods.
From Sunday, both vessels,
which have a longer sailing time
than the Galicia, will service the
inter-island ferry route.
PATT chairman Alison Lewis
said the daily rent of the MV
Provider will be US$14,500
while the Transporter will cost
between US$8,000 to $10,000.
Asked yesterday if his com-
pany offered PATT a reduced
price for use of its barge, Brash
"I gave them (PATT) a longer
term price over 30 days. We
don't know if it is going to be
there for more than two weeks.
I still give it them."
He said the barge will ser-
vice Tobago at one third of the
cost. Brash said three prices
were offered to PATT in the
tendering process. For a week
or less, Brash said the cost was
US$12,000 a day.
"We charge US$10,000 a day
for 30 days or less. A daily fee
of US$8,000 is charged for over
42 days. We agreed to give them
(PATT) the barge for US$8,000
a day," Brash disclosed.
Built in 1983, the Transporter
was re-engineered in 2012, he
said. Two years ago it was up-
graded with bin walls.
"The barge can carry up to
5,000 metric tonnes," Brash
On how many trucks it can
accommodate, Brash said this
would depend on their size.
"It can accommodate cars,
trucks...whatever. The only
thing you cannot put on it is
passengers," Brash said.
More efficient than Galicia
Also weighing in on the is-
sue was vice president of the
Shipping Association of T&T
Garry Dalla Costa, who said the
Transporter can accommodate
three times more cargo than the
Giving details about the
Transporter, Dalla Costa said
the Galicia can carry a capacity
of 1,500 tonnes.
"So we are talking about three
times the capacity. So on every
one sailing of the Transporter
you could have three times the
capacity going to Tobago. I can
give you that assurance she is in
good shape," Dalla Costa said.
"The Transporter will pro-
vide much more efficiency than
the Galicia. The reason why I
can tell you that, we used that
vessel to transport cargo for
several companies. The Toba-
go Chamber of Commerce has
nothing to worry about."
He said the Transporter was
also heavily insured.
"The maritime authority
has fully approved the Trans-
Dalla Costa said while the
sailing time of the Transporter
was ten hour while the Galicia
takes five, "If I sail from Trini-
dad with a barge this afternoon
it can arrive in Tobago early the
next morning. It can work."
Brash also insisted that his
barge has a proven track record.
It has transported aggregate,
freight containers, drilling rigs,
lowboys, trucks and trailers, he
He said the Transporter has
been providing services to ports
in Trinidad and Texas and Lou-
isiana in the United States. It
has also worked in Martinique,
Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and
Brash also said the Tobago
Chamber of Commerce was
jumping the gun by making
utterances without seeing the
barge's specifics or in opera-
"As a matter of fact, if the
Chamber use their head well,
they would get the quarry busi-
ness in Tobago kicked off. They
can use this barge to bring all
the materials from Tobago to
build the highways in Trinidad.
There are a lot of benefits for
their businessmen for this
barge working in Tobago."
AG to decide
if ferry provider
gets 2nd chance
ister Rohan Si-
nanan says the
Faris Al-Rawi will
have to determine
tal Shipping - the
provider of the
Super Fast Galicia
- will be allowed
to retender to ser-
vice the domestic
Sinanan was re-
sponding to a ques-
tion posed by host
on CNC3's Morning
were put out by
the Port Authority
of T&T (PATT) to
obtain a vessel as a
medium term meas-
ure to transport cargo to Tobago will close on
The long term plan is for Government to pur-
chase a cargo vessel which will take 30 months
to build and get to our shores, he said.
"We ended up here because we had a bad start
with the procurement of the vessel," Sinanan
Asked if the Galicia would be invited to
re-tender for the medium term measure, Si-
nanan replied, "I know a tender went out ...an
invitation to Intercontinental, but that will be
determined by the Attorney General in going
forward. Because if litigation matters are afoot,
I don't know how that will pan out. Yes, the
tender went out and Intercontinental did get
Sinanan also gave the assurance that the Trin-
ity Transporter and the MV Atlantic Provider,
which will be used in the interim to transport
goods and building materials to Tobago, was
done above board by PATT and its tender's
Asked if former minister of works and trans-
port Fitzgerald Hinds took a note to Cabinet
in April 2016 recommending that the Galicia
contract be extended for another 18 months from
April 2016 to October 2017, which Cabinet did
not approve, but which would have allowed more
time for Government to approve a replacement
vessel, Sinanan said some information about
the Galicia was blown out of proportion by the
public and media without verifying the facts.
"I have not seen any note going to Cabinet."
He said, however, that he did see a note for
dredging put forward in Cabinet.
A recent image of the Transporter, a 70.2 metre long barge which will work alongside the MV Provider as the replacements for the Super
Fast Galicia on the sea bridge.
n It was designated a deck cargo
n Its gross registered tonne (GRT) is
2,146 metric tonnes.
n The barge's dead weight carrying
capacity (DWCC) is 5,000 metric
n Its length is 70.2 metres;
Width 22 metres.
n Has a maximum draft of 5.2 me-
tres ( the deepest she can go into
the water to load to full capacity).
It can accommodate 60 (20 foot
length) freight containers.
n Has a single deck with six lanes
each measuring 10 feet wide.
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