Nidco, Sinanan: TT Express ‘miserable’ shipwreck
Herbert George, chairman of the National Infrastructure Development Co Ltd (Nidco), said TT received full payment for the TT Express before it was taken to its new owner in Spain, so the sinking of the ship did not not affect its sale.
The vessel was sold to Servicios y Concesiones Maritimas Ibicenca, a marine reservation, transport and vehicle rental company in Spain owned by a company named Trasmapi, for US $ 3 million.
In March, Nidco announced that the shipping company had already paid a 50 percent deposit.
Contacted Tuesday, George told Newsday: “The down payment was made at the time. They then paid in full and then took delivery of the ship, as is, where it is, from Trinidad and Tobago. They were on their way to Spain, there was an accident and the ship sank.
The country said goodbye to the boat on April 11.
A few days before arriving at the port of Vigo, Spain, the TT Express sank 800 miles off the Azores while being transported by a tug belonging to the Portuguese company Rebonave.
From Vigo it was to be delivered to its new owner before May 3.
It was reported that on Saturday Rebonave informed Trasmapi of a problem and, on a second call, he reported that the ship had sunk.
Trasmapi told its local media that the TT Express was purchased to be put back into service and increase capacity. The company is investigating the sinking, but it is believed that strong winds, heavy rains and heavy waves from Storm Lola over Spain over the weekend may have engulfed the ship.
George said he was always disappointed that the new owner didn’t get the opportunity to enjoy the use of the ferry like the folks at TT did.
“I feel for this owner. He would have paid him and made all his plans for it, and it came to nothing. I’m not overwhelmed by how others might have been, but I do it for the owner. “
The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, also called the event “very unfortunate”. He told Newsday the ship will be remembered as one of the first catamarans the country acquired. “It brought us into the world of fast, efficient and reliable inter-island service.”