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costing us $$'
That's how truckers yesterday de-
scribed the extent of the problem of
transporting goods between the two
islands although the MV Transporter
barge and the MV Provider vessel have
replaced the Super Fast Galicia.
They are now seeking a meeting with
Works and Transport Minister Rohan
Sinanan to discuss what has become a
President of the Inter-island Trailers
and Truckers' Association Horace Ame-
de said yesterday that the barge was not
a passenger vessel and therefore could
only accommodate goods. This means
the truckers now have to either spend
money on a plane ticket to reach to To-
bago to take their trucks off the barge
or use the fast ferry, which sometimes
issues tickets which are standby.
In other words, he said, doing busi-
ness between the islands was a "hit and
Amede spoke to the media during the
break in a meeting between truck driv-
ers, Seamen and Waterfront Workers
Union president general Michael An-
nisette and the T&T Chamber's Tobago
division executive Diane Hadad at the
SWWTU headquarters on Wrightson
The problems with the sea bridge
have been dominating the headlines
since the Super Fast Galicia left T&T
on April 21.
Amede explained that the truckers
sometimes have to overnight in Tobago
because of the uncertainty of the sea
bridge now, which is another expense.
"Yesterday (Saturday), because of the
delayed sailing of the fast ferry some
trucks came back down with goods
because the drivers were unable to get
up there to take their vehicles off the
vessel," Amede said.
"Once this continues happening you
have trucks in Tobago four days who
can't get back. You have trucks in T&T
since Tuesday that couldn't go until to-
day (yesterday). The expenses are just
growing on a daily basis."
He added: "Last night (Saturday) the
T&T Spirit had some steering problems.
It left about 7 pm instead of leaving at
4 pm. Some members had their truck
on the Provider, which left at 12 noon
on Saturday, but the fast ferry had me-
chanical problems and didn't leave until
after seven. When the drivers got to To-
bago, the Atlantic Provider was on its
way back to T&T so some trucks came
back to T&T because the drivers were
on the fast ferry (going to Tobago)."
Expenses can amount to as much as
$5000 every other day depending on
how many trucks the particular compa-
ny has to get off the vessel, Amede said.
The losses come not only in expenses
but are also ripping through their bot-
tom lines. For instance, if a truck driver
shows up for work to drive a truck with
goods onto the barge, the company must
pay the driver whether or not the driver
was able to get the truck on the barge.
They also complained about the Port-
of-Spain jetty being structurally unsafe.
The truckers said if they continue to
have problems they may consider stop-
ping the trucking of goods between the
Contacted for comment on the issue
yesterday, Sinanan said he did not want
to comment as he had not heard what
said by the truckers about the issue.
PoS market vendors protest
dislocation for new walkover
RADHICA DE SILVA
Market vendors blocked off
vehicular access to the facil-
ity and caused a massive traf-
fic gridlock during a protest
The protest occurred after
vendors were told a large chunk
of their vending space was to be
used to house equipment for the
construction of a nearby walkover
for the Sea Lots community.
Around 8 am, about 100 ven-
dors gathered at the entrance of
the market demanding a meeting
with Mayor Joel Martinez.
Shivan Baboolal, proprietor of
Yum Yum Foods, said it was only
on Saturday that they got notice
they were to be removed from a
section of the market.
"There was no discussion and
consultation with us. When we
came here to vend this morning
(yesterday), a large section of the
market where we usually sell was
blocked off. This is unfair to us
because it is poor people who
come to the market to sell," Ba-
He said vendors who paid
$200 a month were allotted a
new space, but some daily paid
vendors who paid $29 a day to
sell were not.
"They are making another por-
tion of the market available but
there are no car park facilities and
it is unsafe for us to sell there,"
He added that robberies were
frequent at the market and there
was no proper security.
"Who going to come in that
area with $20,000 to buy goods?
We cannot go to vend in that sec-
tion," Baboolal added.
He said the market was a free
market unlike Macoya which was
"We have about 400 poor peo-
ple vending in the Port-of-Spain
Market and not having a space to
sell is going to affect dozens of
families," he said.
Sham Harrilal, who has been
selling in the market for about 40
years, said he was also concerned
"There are many vendors who
get robbed here and if we have to
relocate to that other section we
will be at risk," he said.
Mawalal Sookdeo added that
the new arrangements were very
"They have not given us a lo-
cation as yet. They want to block
off the area. We have no problem
with the walkover, but why are
they housing the equipment on
our space? They will block off
plenty of our sales," Sookdeo
Saying farmers and vendors
were facing too much stress,
Sookdeo said corporation officials
should immediately meet with
them to discuss alternative ac-
commodation for the equipment.
"There is a big empty piece of
lot where TSTT used to house
their poles. Why don't put it
there? With all of that, why use
the big area?"
Contacted yesterday, Martin-
ez said he met with the vendors
yesterday and advised the whole-
salers that another section of the
market would be made available
to them. He also made a commit-
ment to increase security.
Asked why the vendors only
received notice of the move on
Saturday, Martinez said: "I am
not in charge of that project. It is
Project Pride, which is being done
through the Ministry of Works."
He said the walkover s a single
stand unit which runs from one
side to the other to offer protec-
tion for the people of Sea Lots.
"The footing falls within the
market precincts so they have to
construct it in the market," Mar-
Saying progress always brought
disruption, Martinez said he was
committed to making a secure al-
ternative accommodation for the
Port-of-Spain Central Market vendors block vehicles inside their
section of the market during a protest yesterday.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Truckers want sea bridge meeting with Sinanan
Inter-island Trailers and Truckers Association vice-president Robert Tardieu, left,
and presdent Horace Amede speak to members of the media after a meeting at
SWWTU Hall, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: KERWIN PIERRE
Ex-con slain 3 days after freedom
Three days after being released
from prison, a Rio Claro man was
shot dead in his home on Saturday
Police said Anderson Nicholas, 28,
of Lazzari Road, was inside his house
around 5 pm when a gunman shot him
A relative told police the gunman asked
for Nicholas by name before committing
the act. The attacker walked through the
house, went up to Nicholas and fired at
his head and chest at point blank range.
He then calmly walked out and escaped.
Police have since obtained a descrip-
tion of the suspect. An autopsy will be
done on Nicholas's body today. Inves-
tigations are continuing. ---RS
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