Not so fast! Browne says no company formed yet to create regional ferry service

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Not so fast! Browne says no company formed yet to create regional ferry service

Foreign and Caricom Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne has shut down reports that a regional ferry service has been created, involving the governments of Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados.

According to Browne, no company has yet been formed.

Speaking during a signing of the agreement for the construction of a bridge in Guyana on Friday, its president Dr Irfaan Ali announced, “Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados has formed the first company, has formed a joint company that work to the introduction of a ferry system for passenger and cargo between Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados.”

Browne, in a GML interview, said the possibility of establishing a regional maritime transportation service is in the works but discussions are still taking place.

He said in the next month, all three governments will have more to say on the subject matter.

“There’s some news coming out of Guyana which was not entirely accurate and which according to Guyana’s authorities misquoted the president of Guyana. The headline coming out of Guyana was absolutely misleading … No company has yet been launched but the governments are in active discussion and there is planning taking place as to the best arrangement by which this service can be provided.”

“There’s no signatures of any company and all of that. That was a bit of misinformation but we’re getting very close,” he added.

The Minister said this conversation isn’t new as there have been talks around a ferry for maritime transport within Caricom for some time.