Leon Grant, suspended acting CEO of Trinidad and Tobago Inter-Island Transport, said yesterday he never received any letter or e-mail on any proposal concerning the Cabo Star cargo vessel.
This was the opposite of what was reported by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley during his testimony at the Joint Select Committee’s (JSCs) enquiry into the procurement and maintenance of vessels on the inter-island ferry service, at the Parliament Building, on Monday.
Further, it was reported that Christian Mouttet, who conducted an independent investigation into the operations of the inter-island sea bridge, on behalf of the Government, had said communication was sent to Grant from Oscar Ruano, CEO, Baja Ferries, original owner of the Cabo Star.
However, Grant has denied this, insisting he never received any correspondence concerning the Cabo Star.
“I can say at this forum that I never received any letter or e-mail on any proposal concerning the Cabo Star as was indicated a couple of days ago,” he told the enquiry in response to a question from JSC member Wade Mark. “The first time I heard about the Cabo Star, during negotiations with the team, was when Bridgeman’s (Services Group) placed it on the table for us to consider.
“It was never part of the evaluation process, So I never knew anything about the Cabo Star until when, during the negotiations, Bridgeman placed it on the table...”
Mark also asked Grant if an e-mail address, email@example.com, to which the PM referred was his. Rowley had alleged that CEO of Baja Ferries, Ruano, had corresponded with Grant about the Cabo Star through this e-mail address.
“Are you saying that this e-mail address, leong@patt and this e-mail being sent to you at this address, is this a fake e-mail?” Mark asked.
“Is this a false address or are you saying that this is your e-mail address but you never received any correspondence to the effect that was given in evidence by the witness, the Prime Minister?”
In response, Grant stated: “Let me say that the e-mail address for work is firstname.lastname@example.org.”