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Imbert: New ferry coming in two months
Finance Minister Colm Imbert is as-
suring that “we have a boat,” for the
seabridge and it will be in the coun-
try within the next “two months.”
The announcement was first
made by Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley on Sunday in his address to
the nation when he said a new boat
had been purchased in Asia.
Imbert said on Tuesday that the
Cabinet-appointed team which he
chaired to find a boat “took our
time” but found a new boat.
The Port Authority failed in its ob-
jective to find a passenger ferry and
the Prime Minister subsequently
set up the four-member Ministerial
Committee, headed by Imbert, to
find a vessel.
So how did the committee find a
vessel so quickly when attempts by
the port failed?
Imbert said: “it was just one of
those things where we came upon a
brand new vessel to serve our pur-
In 2006, Imbert was the Minister
of Works and Transport when the
then Patrick Manning-led govern-
ment purchased the T&T Express
and the T&T Spirit from the Austral-
ian firm INCAT.
The Spirit which is 13 years old
has been on dry dock since the mid-
dle of last year and Imbert said he
had been keeping “close tabs” on
the work being done.
He said all four engines were
being refurbished “and the mechan-
ical equipment was being restored.
They ordered all the parts, engines,
turbo chargers et cetera, it will be
out in February and will be like it
were a brand new vessel.”
Once the vessel is back on service
he said: “it should give us another
five years.” But the T&T Express
which is 20 years old will have to be
Works and Transport Minister
Rohan Sinanan could provide no
answers on the new vessel telling
the T&T Guardian only that “NIDCO
is doing the negotiations and they
will make a statement.”
NIDCO Chairman Herbert George
said “there were aspects of the pur-
chase we did not get to do. The
Committee chaired by Minister Im-
bert did all the due diligence and ar-
rangements and then they will hand
it over to us.”
A man who allegedly stabbed his sister’s es-
tranged husband when he went to rescue her
was granted $50,000 bail when he appeared
before a magistrate on Tuesday.
Kevin Heeraman, 24, of Claxton Bay,
pleaded not guilty when he appeared before
San Fernando Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne
He is charged with maliciously wounding
Micheal Kassiram on May 6, 2017, at St James
Street, San Fernando.
However, Heeraman’s attorney Shaun
Teekasingh told the magistrate his client was
responding to a call for help from his sister.
“He went to rescue her,” said Teekasingh.
He said Heeraman surrendered to the police
after they contacted his family. In response
to the magistrate, Teekasingh said his client’s
sister did not have a protection order against
Kassiram, but they were separated.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said the medical
report stated Kassiram received an injury to
his right chest.
Seedan said it was a serious offence and
should not be trivialised even though he went
to his sister’s assistance.
The magistrate also granted Heeraman a
cash bail alternative of $10,000 but warned
him not to come within 100 feet of the victim.
The matter was adjourned to February 2.
Brother held after
Homicide investigators have ruled the death
of Brandon Sampath as accidental after a rel-
ative admitted to him being in possession of
an illegal shotgun.
Police were told that Sampath, 25, was
cleaning the 12-gauge homemade shotgun
behind his home along Laselle Road, Biche
when it accidentally discharged.
The Ministry of Works and Transport em-
ployee was shot under the chin and died im-
An initial report stated that around 8 pm on
Monday, neighbours heard a gunshot at Sam-
path’s home and contacted the police.
Officers arrived at the home and were led
by his father Ramnanan Sampath to a bushy
area several hundred feet behind the house.
There they found Sampath’s body lying in a
drain. The homemade shotgun was found 20
feet away from his body and two 12-gauge car-
tridges were found in the pockets of his pants.
The barrel of the shotgun was not found.
A relative confessed to the police that be-
cause the gun was illegal, he threw it away
from the body.
Biche man’s death
Finance Minister Colm Imbert
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