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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sinanan unaware of Bridgemans credit letter

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan yesterday said he was unaware of any letter of credit granted to Bridgemans Services Group (BSG) with respect to the operations of the Cabo Star and Ocean Flower 2 vessel on the domestic seabridge. Sinanan made this comment in response to an allegation by Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal in Parliament that an "irrevocable letter of credit" was granted to BSG. Moonilal claimed the alleged letter was granted either by the ministry, Government or First Citizens Bank.

Sinanan said he was unaware of any such letter and would look into the matter. However the minister said, "like any contractual obligation, letters of credit would have been established as to the first vessel (Cabo Star)." He reminded MPs that the contract for the Ocean Flower 2 was cancelled. BSG is the owner of the Cabo Star and the Ocean Flower 2.

Sinanan also told MPs the Land and Physical Infrastructure joint select committee's (JSC) enquiry into the domestic seabridge would provide "some answers" to solutions for the seabridge. The minister and BSG vice president Andre Purdey appeared before the JSC at Tower D on Tuesday. Separate investigations into the procurement of the Cabo Star and Ocean Flower 2 are also being conducted by Cabinet appointed investigator Christian Mouttet and the Integrity Commission. Later in the sitting, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said Gail Miller Meade has been appointed acting CEO of the South West Regional Health Authority in the absence of current CEO Anil Gosine.


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