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Friday, March 30, 2018
Thieves target truckers outside Port
Bandits pounced on truckers
who lined up along Wrightson
Road yesterday hoping to board
the Cabo Star, at the Cruise Ship
Complex, in Port-of-Spain.
In one case, the thieves made off
with a truck loaded with a shipment
of Nestle products and abandoned
the vehicle near the lighthouse, in
Sea Lots after stealing the $77,000
worth of cargo.
Outside, the driver of the stolen
truck said he parked his vehicle
around 9.15 am and went into the
Port to confirm his ticket. Upon his
return minutes later the 10-tonne
truck was gone.
The truck contained a variety of
Nestle products, the driver said.
The matter was reported to the
Central Police Station.
Nestle’s Corporate Communi-
cations manager, Denise D’Abadie
confirmed that the company had
received a report of the stolen truck
and its contents. Minutes later, a
Guardian Media Ltd news team saw
the vandalised truck a few metres
from the busy lighthouse.
The truck’s left passenger win-
dow had been smashed, while the
thieves had rummaged through a
knapsack inside the vehicle con-
taining personal items.
On hearing the unfortunate
news, trucker Smith Lewis first
checked his knapsack and found in
a hidden compartment $5,000.
“Oh God!” he shouted, “the
thieves ain’t find the money. Thank
God!” a smiling Lewis said, hold-
ing the wad of $100 bills in the air.
The gang of thieves also broke into
three other trucks.
He, along with several other
truckers were jostling for space on
the Cabo Star, which is the lone
vessel operating the seabridge for
the peak Easter weekend.
This after Tuesday’s fire in the
engine room on board the water
taxi, Trini Flash, brought that ser-
vice to an end. Some 63 passengers
were rescued by the crew of the
President of the Inter-island
Truckers and Traders Association
Horace Amede confirmed that
three trucks parked on Wrightson
Road were broken in while a fourth
was stolen, as he called on the Port
Authority of T&T (PATT) for regu-
lar security patrols or installation
of surveillance cameras.
Amede also complained that on
Tuesday and yesterday approxi-
mately 100 truckers could not get
on board the Cabo Star, as prior-
ity was being given to people with
private vehicles. Among the 30
truckers bumped off on Tuesday
was Ramdin Boney who had a con-
Boney return early yesterday at
the Port, but up to 11.30 am they
could not say if he would get on the
2 pm sailing.
“Daily we are incurring losses
and suffering. It’s sickening...frus-
trating. The situation cannot get
any worse. I don’t know what else
could go possibly wrong,” Boney
“At the Piarco International Air-
port, ferry passengers complained
of waiting as much as two hours
to get on board stand-by flights to
Tobago. Holding several bags at the
terminal, waiting to board a PTSC
bus to be shuttled to the Piarco Air-
port, ferry passenger Ternesa Phil-
lip said she was at her wit’s end.
“The service is horrible. I left
home 6 o’ clock and I am still wait-
ing to get a bus. It’s over five hours
I am here,” Phillip said.
When the bus arrived, Phillip,
who was with her four-year-old
niece Damia Prime, did not get on
which infuriated her. At the air-
port, ferry passengers in the line to
the Caribbean Airlines’ domestic
check-in counter complained of
waiting for two hours to get a flight.
Father and son—Clifton and
Christian Moorgse—said they
thought they were going to sail
with the T&T Spirit.
“We thought it had been re-
paired. We are going backwards
instead of forward,” Clifton said,
while Christian said he felt like can-
celling his leisure trip.
“Everything is so disorganised,”
ferry passenger Akile Jones said.
Other domestic passengers who
had booked tickets said things ran
CAL’s corporate communica-
tions manager Dionne Ligoure said
the airline added five flights to its
scheduled 44 flights yesterday
and they faced no problems. The
44 flights transported 2,976 pas-
sengers. Today, there would be 54
flights accommodating 3,828 pas-
Caribbean Airlines (CAL) in-
creased the number of flights dur-
ing the period March 27 – April 03
to accommodate the Easter holiday
The airline stated that it will
provide seats, on a first come first
served basis to passengers with
confirmed tickets for the specific
Confirmed passengers will be re-
quired to check in at the ferry ter-
minals (Port-of-Spain and Tobago)
and not go directly to the airports.
The vehicles of passengers
with confirmed tickets (T&T Ex-
press/T&T Spirit) will be accom-
modated on the daily sailing of the
Cabo Star, and all ticket holders
will be shuttled via PTSC to the Pi-
arco International Airport and the
ANR International Airport accord-
ingly at no additional cost.
(See page A15)
Jearlean calls on Rohan, Tobago MPs to be removed
Remove failed Works and
Transport Minister Rohan Si-
nanan and the two PNM Tobago
MPs should resign and call elec-
tions after continually failing To-
That was the call to Prime
Minister Keith Rowley from UNC
deputy leader, Tobago-born
Jearlean John yesterday.
At an Opposition briefing yes-
terday, John said Government’s
sustained failure on the Tobago
seabridge could drive Tobagoni-
ans to “walk on water...this man
(Rowley) has destroyed Tobago
where he’s from,” John declared.
Noting Tuesday’s fire aboard
the water taxi used on the ferry
service and people having to
jump from that vessel to the
Cabo Star with dark water be-
neath, John said she’d observed
comments and images of travel-
lers who had been traumatised.
“For Sinanan to say it was a
‘small mishap’ is grounds for his
dismissal. People were scared.
They had old ladies cock up,
jumping from boat to boat at
sea—how you would like your
mother or grandmother to have
to do that?” she asked.
“Why didn’t the Coast Guard
respond? This is a Tobago trag-
edy and something bad is going
to happen at this rate—people
might die out there. Tobago
needs a miracle because of
Government’s ineptitude on
the seabridge and its effects on
Tobago’s economy—an unholy
mess on Holy Thursday.”
John said yesterday’s T&T
Guardian headline “Ship-
wrecked” was a good descrip-
tion of the seabridge.
“But a headline ‘Enough’ is
more accurate to describe how
people are feeling,” she said.
“The genesis of this was their
removing the (Superfast) Gali-
cia—pure ‘bigishness ‘as we say
in Tobago on their part.’ There
was no reason for that—so they
can’t fix this situation. They just
need to resign and call elections.
“If the Tobago MPs (Ayanna
Webster-Roy and Shamfa Cud-
joe) resigned, and Sinanan was
removed, that might restore To-
bagonians’ faith in the ‘Ah We
Boy’ and his loyalty to the island
that conceived and nurtured
him,” she added.
“And yes—MP for Tobago
East, people are suffering,” she
added, dismissing Webster-Roy’s
recently claim that “nobody was
suffering in Tobago.”
Trucker Smith Lewis fell victim to bandits
while waiting to board the Cabo Star
along Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain,
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Cabo Star down on Sunday
The only sea-worthy vessel
transporting a limited number
of passengers and cargo to and
from the island of Tobago, the
Cabo Star, will be down for routine
maintenance on Sunday and is
expected to be back in service on
Monday. The vessel, which normally
does not sail on a Saturday, will
be in operation today given the
demand to transport vehicles to the
island of Tobago for the long Easter
weekend. The Cabo Star can carry
Port Authority spokesperson
Vilma Lewis-Cockburn said the
routine maintenance means that
the vessel would be down “usually
for one day.”
Asked whether it was normal for
the vessel to be operating on public
holidays, Lewis-Cockburn said,
once there was a demand for the
cargo vessel the Port will authorise
a sailing. In a statement, Lewis-
Cockburn said the Cabo Star weekly
sailing schedule is from Monday to
Friday & Sundays.
“On Saturdays, the planned
maintenance works are carried out.
For this week only the works will
be carried out on Sunday...instead
of Saturday. The Cabo Star resumes
operations on Monday,” it added.
The Port advised ticket holders
of the 48 vehicles scheduled for
the cancelled TT Express sailing for
Sunday, to bring their vehicles on
Saturday, to be transported on the
Cabo Star. Check-in of vehicles starts
at 9 am for the 1 pm sailing.
Faulty radar on T&T Spirit
Meanwhile, the passenger ferry,
the T&T Spirit, which was scheduled
to return to service today remains
out of service as the radar was not
functioning properly. The radar is
used to detect other vessels and
objects during travel.
As a result, the Port Authority
advised that the “T&T Spirit is still
undergoing its sea trials.”
“At this time, repairs are being
undertaken to the radar system,
which is a critical item for the safe
navigation of the vessel as per the
SOLAS Convention,” the statement
said. Both T&T Express went on dry
dock in February.
The new ferry, the Galleons
Passage is expected to arrive in
Hawaii on Saturday.
UNC’s deputy political leader,
Jearlean John, yesterday.
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