Australian team in T&T as government sees to purchase vessels

first_imgThe Trinidad and Tobago government says a team from the Australia-based Austal has arrived in the twin island republic as the Keith Rowley administration looks to acquire new vessels to service the sea route between the two islands.A government statement said that the team would be inspecting the four water taxis and six Coast Guard patrol vessels “in order to produce a report on the state of the vessels.“The report will also include suggestions towards getting all of the vessels operational and sea worthy as well as provide a proposed maintenance program for the vessels.”Last month, Prime Minister Rowley told a news conference that following a visit to Australia, plans were afoot to obtain new ferries from Australia to replace the aged and malfunctioning vessels that have been serving the sea bridge.He told reporters if Trinidad and Tobago could get Australian help on a “government-to-government basis” to acquire new vessels, the problems the travelling public on the sea bridge during the last year would not be repeated.“So the Government is currently looking ahead with respect to ordering new vessels,” he said.The Galleon Passage, which was purchased at US$17.4 million, was due to arrive here from China last month, but has been held up in Cuba undergoing improvements.The government statement said that the Austal team will also “visit some of the shipyards and dry dock facilities available in Trinidad to ascertain the viability of developing a facility to offer maintenance and other services out of Trinidad.”last_img read more


Kimberley doubles Leafs 4-2, Green & White win streak ends at six

first_imgKimberley, leading the season series against Nelson 2-0 after posting a 2-1 win in October, now has won six straight games.Cody Campbell stopped 31 of 33 shots to register the victory in goal for Kimberley.Netminder Billy Gorn, taking the loss for Nelson, saw his four-game unbeaten streak end.Kimberley outshot the Leafs 35-33 in the game.The Nitros stormed back on the shot clock, out shooting the Leafs 21-2 in the third period after Nelson fired 31 shots at the Kimberley net through 40 minutes but was only able to muster two goals.The Leafs enter the Christmas break with a 6-1 record in the last seven games.Next up for the Leafs is a game December 30 in Grand Forks against the Bruins.Nelson returns home Saturday, December 31 to host the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 2 p.m. in the annual New Year’s Eve game. Kimberley Dynamiters outscored the Nelson Leafs 4-1 in the final 40 minutes to double the Heritage City franchise 4-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Bavarian City.Matt Davies, Nolan Kurylo and Lucas Purdy scored in the second period before Franco Colapaolo converted a powerplay marker in the third to lead the Eddie Mountain squad to the victory.Former Nitro Sawyer Hunt gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead after one period.Logan Wullum also scored for Nelson, which saw its winning streak end at six games.last_img read more