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Vice president of Canadian-based
ferry service provider Bridgeman's
Services Group LP Andrew Purdey
yesterday objected to the Port Au-
thority of T&T's (PATT) termination
of the Ocean Flower II's one-year
Despte this, Purdey says his company
is now considering its options on how to
move forward, including providing PATT
with a short-term rental proposal for its
consideration of the 21- year-old vessel,
since it will be "ready for services if called
upon in the coming days."
Purdey said Bridgeman's was "willing to
provide a workable solution that would be
a win-win for all parties and is committed
to delivering its contractual obligations
in a professional and effective manner to
ensure that PATT is served to the highest
Purdey outlined the proposal in a re-
lease he handed to the T&T Guardian
yesterday, one day after holding secret
talks with PATT deputy chairman Adrian
Beharry and a legal team from the Ministry
of Works. He said he wanted to clear the
record on the issue. The T&T Guardian
was told Purdey attempted to salvage the
deal by offering the PATT a month-long
free trial of the vessel to prove its worth on
the sea bridge during the meeting.
Two attempts by the T&T Guardian
to get him to talk about the controversy
surrounding the leasing and cancellation
of the ferry to PATT at a daily charter rate
of US$26,500 (TT$185,000) and his com-
pany's suitability for the job failed.
"I have no comment. Everything we
want to say is in the press release," Purdey
The only question he responded to was
entering into any sweetener deal with
PATT when they spoke on Thursday.
"That is not true," Purdey insisted.
In outlining his company's profile and
history, Purdey maintained that Bridge-
man's has a proven track record of suc-
cessfully delivering its contractual obliga-
tions to its clients and strongly believes in
developing long term relationships,having
successfully completed "several hundred
millions of dollars of contracts."
He said the contracts between PATT
and Bridgeman's were negotiated and
completed within the highest standards
of professionalism and ethics and while
under the guidance of international mar-
"Contracts supported by international
and highly reputable legal firms," Purdey
He said the Cabo Star was in effect de-
livering according to plan, as the compa-
ny is providing deck and engine services,
while all other on-board services, such as
cleaning, catering and port management
remained with PATT.
Regarding, the Ocean Flower contract,
Purdey said "Bridgeman's Services does
not agree the cancellation is valid. Bridge-
man's is considering its options on how to
move forward." He said the Ocean Flow-
er was delayed due to several unplanned
events during its 9000 nautical miles
journey from Korea, through the Bearing
Sea along the North Specific Ocean and
onto the Panama Canal.
PATT engineer failed Ocean Flower after sea test
The Port Authority of T&T's
(PATT) Chief Engineer, Brendon
Powder, ruled that the Ocean
Flower II may not have been
suitable to service the sea bridge
between Trinidad and Tobago
because of several mechanical is-
sues and explosion risks identified
during a sea trial he conducted in
Powder instead recommended that
the vessel should remain in Colon Pan-
ama to urgently attend to all repairs
prior to it sailing to Trinidad.
Powder and a team of PATT officials,
including acting chief executive officer
of the T&T Inter-Island Transporta-
tion Company Limited (TTIT) Leon
Grant, visited Panama to inspect the
Ocean Flower over the period July 30
to August 6.
According to the report summary, a
sea trial of the vessel was conducted on
August 5 but there was an hour delay
in commencement due to bunkering
and difficulty in getting all the engines
operational. The trial was eventually
completed on August 6. It was noted
that president of Bridgeman's Services
Group Limited (BSG), Brian Grange,
witnessed the sea trial and the me-
chanical issues with the vessel.
In a letter dated August 7, 2017, to the
PATT's general manager, Charmaine
Lewis, Powder noted that there was no
maintenance history for the vessel's
machinery on board.
"In the absence of the maintenance
history of the vessel, tracing what is
due, overdue or completed will be dif-
ficult," the letter stated.
With respect to the actual me-
chanical issues identified during the
sea trial, Powder explained that it took
an additional hour and a half to get the
"starboard outer main engine started,
while the port inner main engine en-
countered a return to idle slow-down
fault and could not ramp up at all from
330RPM idle speed, which was even-
tually rectified, after which starboard
outer main engine could not ramp up
past 440RPM andkept going into over-
load. This also was rectified soon after."
Powder wrote when the four engines
were finally running the sea trial of-
ficially began, but a number of issues
surfaced, including highly dangerous
and explosion risk issues.
"Exhaust leaks from the part inner
main engine were significant, with
the other three engines not far behind
and portions of the lagging were either
damaged or missing. This posed quite
a significant fire hazard and will affect
the performance of the main engines as
the turbochargers and charge air cooler
will become affected," the letter stated.
"All main engines were running off
the electric fuel transfer pump because
the main engines were not sustaining
sufficient fuel pressure on their own
past idle speed. This is not normal
"Should the electric pump fail then
propulsion would be totally lost on that
respective side whether part or star-
board machinery space."
It also mentioned that none of the
main engines' oil mist detectors were
functional or even had a power supply
to them, "which is highly dangerous
and poses a potential explosion risk in
the engine crankcase."
Powder noted that under the cir-
cumstances, Grant conferred with him
and it was agreed that it was untenable
to have the Ocean Flower 2 sail to T&T
in that condition.
"Citing all the aforementioned, in
my humble opinion I therefore cannot
recommend the MV Ocean Flower 2
for the inter-island high speed ferry
service between Port-of-Spain and
Scarborough at this time or until such
issues mentioned herein above are ad-
dressed and rectified," Powder said.
The report was presented to the me-
dia during a press conference called by
Opposition Senator Attorney Gerald
He said based on Powder's report
Minister of Works and Transport
Rohan Sinanan and the entire PATT
board should either resign or be fired.
He also called on the Attorney Gen-
eral Faris Al-Rawi and acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen Williams to
launch a full criminal investigation into
"I want the police to enter on the
premises of the PATT and seize all
material in relation to this matter, not
only hard copy documents but take
the servers of the PATT and extract
all email communications between
Lewis, Sinanan, board members and
BSG and preserve it," Ramdeen said.
"It is amazing even in reading this
report...This is what the PATT bought
for the people of T&T? This is what
they wanted the people to go on?
"I wonder if that is the reason as to
why the contract was cancelled and not
what they feeding the people that it
was cancelled because it was delayed?
It just could not have reached here."
He added: "We must hold them (re-
ferring to Lewis, the board members
and Sinanan) accountable. I call upon
Lewis and Sinanan to tender their res-
ignations and if Sinanan doesn't, then
the Prime Minister should do the right
thing," he added.
PATT chairman Alison Lewis last
evening told Guardian Media that the
PATT considered all factors in making
the decision to terminate the deal, in-
cluding the delayed arrival, failure to
meet an extended deadline and the
chief engineer's report.
"All the events that caused the delay have been man-
aged and the vessel is undergoing sea trials in Panama to
ensure durable performance with all valid certificates to
operate in T&T."
He said they understand T&T's public has been grap-
pling with an unreliable system and "our proposal will
ease the untenable situation being experienced by the
Tobago business people, where millions of dollars have
Contacted yesterday on Bridgeman's objection to the
termination of the contract and its short term proposal of
the ferry to operate the sea bridge, Works and Transport
Minister Rohan Sinanan said that was yet to come to his
"That is up to PATT. I have not received anything
from PATT. Remember, I do not deal with Bridgeman's
as minister. I just take recommendations from the Port
Authority, who acts as our agent and they will have all
discussions and negotiations and then make a recom-
mendation to the ministry."
Sinanan said so far he has received no recommenda-
tions from PATT.
"Again, I cannot make any decisions until I get a rec-
ommendation from the board which I will then take to
Cabinet and Cabinet will make the final decision, not me.
I am getting enough trouble with this thing, unnecessary."
Asked if Bridgeman's should take legal action how the
Government would proceed, Sinanan said he would have
to get advice from his legal team.
Established in 2013, Bridgeman's is a privately-owned
company with an operational staff of over 100 staff. Its
crew are of the highest calibre predominantly from the fer-
ry trade in the Baltic region. The ownership group consists
of five partners, four Canadians, and one American. All
partners are successful businessmen with Brian Grande
as the managing partner.
Bridgeman's offers alternative sea bridge deal
Major mechanical faults found
The Ocean Flower 2
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