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Thursday 18 January 2018
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TT goes to World Bank for inter-island vessel

THE Port Authority (PATT) has terminated the tender, issued on April 1 and closed on April 24, that invited qualified brokers to tender for a vessel on a three-year time charter to ply the inter-island service. Instead, the authority will seek the expertise of the World Bank to assist in the procurement of a vessel.

A release from the PATT said that, “in the best interest of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, a decision was made to terminate this tender process and approach the World Bank.” The release added PATT is of the view that the World Bank can provide requisite expertise to determine the specifications for a suitable cargo vessel for the needs of the inter-island service.

The assistance of the World Bank, the release said, will be sought to determine an acceptable methodology to comply with the tenets of good procurement practices. PATT said, it was satisfied that this approach will realise the best option in the long term and that a resolution will be arrived at within the next three months.

In keeping with its mandate to provide efficient and reliable inter-island transport services, PATT said, its board and management team is assuring the public that the best available options will always be pursued to ensure that there is no disruption in the service.

At this time there is an interim solution that will be in place to ensure that cargo requirements are met on the service, until a suitable vessel is obtained.

PATT said, it was guided by Cabinet’s decision to charter a roll on-roll off cargo vessel to service the sea bridge between the islands.

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