Trinidad defends multi-million dollar agreement to purchase vessels from Australia

The Trinidad and Tobago government has defended the procurement measures used to purchase four vessels from Australia and accused the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) of seeking “to sully the country’s image and its name purely for personal political advantage.”

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley told Parliament that the multi-million dollar project would result in the acquisition of two passenger fast ferries from the Australian ship builders, INCAT Australia Pty Limited (INCAT) and Austal Limited (Austal) to service the sea bridge between Trinidad and Tobago.

He said that Austal will also build two Cape Class Patrol vessels from for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG).

He said his administration would pursue financing arrangements with EFIC, the…

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