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– Delay of material, contractor?s mismanagement of time blamed – Vessels will not make a profitTwo new Chinese-made ferries are not likely to be operational in the Essequibo River for at least another six weeks. It will take at least that time for modification works to be completed on the Parika and Supenaam stellings, Essequibo River. A more realistic time may be in August.Public Works Minister, Robeson BennUpdating Kaieteur News on the status of workers, Public Works Minister Robeson Benn also blamed the poor management of time by the contractor, B.K. International, as a major cause for delays.?We had anticipated that the ferries would have been able to go over to Essequibo to start training routes and thereafter we would have had an earlier date of the ferries between Parika and Supenaam,? 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International, Benn said.?Fundamentally, B.K. is responsible for the entire contract. One of the things that we have to recognize is that the initial designs on which the contract was premised had to be changed because of the lifting capacity for the type of piles that had to be driven.?To speed up the contract, another contractor – Dynamic Engineering – was brought in to help B.K. at the Supenaam stelling. But B.K. remains responsible for the contract at both locations. Engineers from the Ministry and its Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) are supervising the works.File photo: Works to modify the Parika and Supenaam stelling will take another six weeks to be completed.There had been concerns after B.K. was awarded the contracts, especially following problems with the new Supenaam stelling a few years ago. Shortly after that stelling was commissioned, there were issues with the support beam holding the ramp leading from the stelling to the ferry.Millions more were spent to correct the defects with the final bill a whopping $500M. An independent investigation did not fault a single party.The tenders submitted by B.K. to modify the Parika stelling was $240.1M,[url=http://www.cheapjerseysnear.us@#$%&/]cheap nfl jerseys online[/url], while the tender for the Supenaam stelling was $138M.Regarding concerns over the estimated high costs that the ferries will be incurring, Minister Benn defended them, noting that the current two ferries working the Supenaam and Parika routes are ?maxed out? in terms of capacity.It is a fact, he said, that the vessels are larger than the current old vessels that the country has. 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They also provide a link to Wakenaam and Leguan, two islands in the Essequibo River.One of the two Chinese vessels which will be plying the Essequibo route by AugustIt is about 19 nautical miles between Parika and Supenaam.