Trinidad Approves OECS Ferry

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By the Caribbean Journal staff

Trinidad’s cabinet has approved the establishment of an inter-island ferry service between Trinidad and the Eastern Caribbean, Transport Minister Devant Maharaj announced yesterday.

The service will be financed on a public/private arrangement with the majority of capital expenditure from the private sector, he said.

The service could be extended as far as Jamaica, if not further.

The price to travel on the ferry, which will be based in Port of Spain, will be approximately $10.

The service could “strengthen the integration movement between and among CARICOM countries and expand the free movement of people and capital,” he said.

The plan was first announced by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the CARICOM HEads of Government Meeting in Basseterre in July.