FSO NABARIMA

‘NO RISK’: The FSO NABARIMA in Venezuelan waters.

There is too much delay in acting on the FSO Nabarima. This ship poses an unacceptable risk to Trinidad and Tobago, to the environment at large, and to shipping traffic.

T&T can put the owners, etc, on notice of its intention to take it as salvage, or, as deemed abandoned “after date certain”. From there, T&T can arrange the salvage contract work and recoup under maritime law.

This means T&T would be entitled to at least a just proportion of the cargo, if not all of it; and the vessel could possibly be repaired and possessed or sold for scrap. At today’s oil prices, 1.3 million barrels of oil would fetch in excess of US$300 million.

Given the dangers and the cost-benefit balances, it really defies reason how the Government can just be waiting out the situation.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

I have noted the response of the Honourable Prime Minister to Monday’s ruling of the High Court in the TTFA v FIFA matter in which the PM said, among other things: “So now United TTFA has ‘won’ and FIFA has lost. The matter is settled in local court. We are now free of the ‘colonial’ FIFA. We, boys and girls, men and women, are free to play by ourselves and against ourselves because nobody will be allowed to play with or against us. Oh. That’s it! I finally understand it. That means we can never lose and will always win because we will only be playing by ourselves.”

Minister Sinanan, you can’t be a very bright fellow. You mean, it has taken you five years as a minister to become aware that most of the roads in this country are not suitable for driving?

Very much like getting the scraps from Massa’s table, San Fernandians continue to get bits and pieces of information on the progress of the waterfront project from official sources.

It is a fact of human nature that nothing focuses our collective consciousness on our fundamental needs more than a crisis. World War II and its immediate aftermath brought humanity face-to-face with an existential crisis like no other in modern history.

There is too much delay in acting on the FSO Nabarima. This ship poses an unacceptable risk to Trinidad and Tobago, to the environment at large, and to shipping traffic.