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Chairman of the Port Authority,
Allison Lewis, has apologised to the
people of Tobago for what the current
"untenable situation," regarding the
inter-island ferry service. Its an issue
which she feels strong about and one
which may just put her to "step aside."
Lewis told the T&T Guardian: "I feel for
the people of Tobago and this morning I
apologised to the Chief Secretary and the
people of Tobago for the situation."
It's a situation, she said, she is not pre-
pared to tolerate "and if I am not in a posi-
tion to do anything I will have to step aside
and let somebody else do it."
Since assuming office on April 11, Lewis
and the Board of the Port Authority have
been grappling with fixing problems on the
inter-island route. Two weeks after she
took the helm the Galicia left the inter-is-
land cargo service after the government
refused to agree to a three year contract
for the vessel which had been serving the
needs of Tobago since 2014.
The void left by the departure of the Gali-
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throw grenades in
A La Romaine businessman who denied he
threatened to throw two grenades in a police
station was yesterday granted $15,000 bail
and alternatively, a cash deposit of $6,000.
Randy Lawrence, who owns a car rental busi-
ness, initially pleaded guilty in the San Fernando
Magistrates' Court to three charges of assaulting
PC Antoine, resisting arrest and behaving in a dis-
orderly manner. However, he changed his plea to
not guilty after hearing the facts.
Lawrence, 35, was arrested around 4.40 pm on
Tuesday at Lilian Street, La Romaine. Lawrence,
who was among a crowd which gathered after the
police arrested a motorcylist, allegedly injured An-
toine's thumb, took off his jersey and was waving
it and pulled away violently when the police tried
to arrest him.
His attorney Natalie Sanchez-Andrews told the
magistrate her client admitted to those things, but
not the part where the police alleged that Lawrence
threatened to throw the grenades in the Task Force
office, while being transported to the police station
after his arrest.
The magistrate granted him bail and transferred
the matter to the Fifth Court for June 14.
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Kennedy Maraj, left,
and Brian Merrick of
the flag raising
ceremony of the
Rainbow Flag in
commemoration of the
High Commission of
Canada, Sweet Briar
Road, St Clair,
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Port chairman: Tobago ferry
problem untenable cia has been filled over the past few weeks by the
Atlantic Provider a cargo vessel which carries forty
trucks compared to the Galicia's 100 and the barge
the Trinity Provider, which has been transporting
hardware and construction material to the island. But
truckers have complained that when their trucks go
on the barge they leave covered in salt and sea water.
In the ensuing time Tobago's food and hardware
supplies have been running low and truckers have
had to protest the conditions under which they
were operating, where their trucks have to go on
to the Provider or the barge and then they have to
make their way to Tobago via the passenger ferry
or Caribbean Airline and hope they get to Tobago
before their cargo.
The passenger ferries have been unreliable with
the T&T Express having to be taken out of service
because of mechanical problems. Lewis said "this
is an untenable situation that we have reached this
stage. It points to a lack of proper maintenance over
As a result of that she said "we now have the two
vessels almost every day something going wrong.
We have to arrest the situation and supplement the
maintenance capability to ensure the vessels are sea
worthy. We are working towards getting that done."
The Canadian firm Bay Ferries was contracted at
a cost of US$7 million in 2006 to look after mainte-
nance of the vessels. They left in October last year
and a ten month maintenance contract valued at
TT$2.4 million was given to Magellan Services led
by Captain Ian McMillan to maintain the vessels.
Lewis said the arrangement with Magellan "came
to an end in March," she said she only received a copy
of their "close out report this morning (Wednesday)
and did not have time to look at it as yet."
As a result she said "we know we have to supple-
ment the maintenance of the vessels."
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