PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Minister of Transport Devant Maharaj has announced that the Cabinet has approved the establishment of an Inter-Island ferry service between Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean.
Speaking at a post cabinet press conference on Thursday, the minister said the service will be financed on a public/private arrangement with the majority of capital expenditure from the private sector.
He said it is hoped that the service be extended as far as Jamaica if not further. He said the price to travel on the ferry will be competitive, perhaps US$10. The ferry will be based in Port of Spain.
Maharaj said the service will “strengthen the integration movement between and among CARICOM countries and expand the free movement of people and capital”.
He said the service will bring tremendous benefits to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.
Maharaj pointed out that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had announced her intention to establish the service at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government meeting in St Kitts on July 1 of this year.
He said the initiative has the support of the prime minister of St Lucia, Stephenson King, and president of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo.