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Estadista Roberto Pocaterra ||»»// Agent: Govt should have pushed harder *

Had the Government pushed a little harder to finalise its contract with Trasmediterránea (Trasmed), the company which owns the MV Super Fast Galicia, the vessel “could still be here today”.

This is according to John Powell, managing director of Intercontinental Shipping Limited, the local agent for the Galicia— the country’s only inter-island cargo vessel.

“I do believe that time ran out with the Port Authority and maybe the Port could have been a little bit more forthcoming and pushing to get this contract signed and done. By us not getting it done, the owners said that they need the vessel back for their own trade lanes in North Africa and Spain,” a frustrated-sounding Powell said during a telephone interview with the Express yesterday.

“What this has done for us in Trinidad is put our back against the wall, because now when we try to find a comparable vessel, like the Super Fast Galicia, there is none out there to get. So this is the problem that we will have,” he added.

Transmed, through Intercontinental Shipping, has served the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) with a two-week notice of withdrawal of its vessel.

The vessel’s last sailing is on Good Friday.

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