Galleons Passage returns Wednesday

The Galleons Pas­sage will re­sume ser­vic­ing the seabridge on Wednes­day af­ter one of the ves­sel’s en­gines had to be re­paired over the week­end af­ter en­coun­ter­ing elec­tri­cal is­sues, Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Com­pa­ny (Nid­co) Her­bert George ha said.

In giv­ing an up­date on the US$17.4 mil­lion ves­sel, which had to be tak­en out of ser­vice on Fri­day in Scar­bor­ough af­ter it en­coun­tered the is­sue, George said, “There was a prob­lem with one of the en­gines last Fri­day which had an elec­tri­cal is­sue, as one of its cards was faulty. The ves­sel was head­ing to To­ba­go when it start­ed to give trou­ble. It had to sail on its three re­main­ing en­gines so it had to go slow­er,” George said.

The card, which had to be im­port­ed, was re­placed yes­ter­day.

On Oc­to­ber 8, the Galleons Pas­sage made its first com­mer­cial sail­ing to To­ba­go in four hours.

On Sun­day, Nid­co, in a press re­lease, ad­vised pas­sen­gers that yes­ter­day’s 6 am sail­ing from Port-of-Spain and 4 pm from Scar­bor­ough had been can­celled, as the ves­sel was docked at the Port of Port-of-Spain to ad­dress elec­tri­cal is­sues. The T&T Spir­it ac­com­mo­dat­ed the af­fect­ed pas­sen­gers on its sail­ings yes­ter­day as a re­sult.

George said the can­cel­la­tion of the sail­ings did up­set some pas­sen­gers.

“Any time you have a can­cel­la­tion of ser­vice peo­ple would not be so kind.”

He said af­ter 100-plus pas­sen­gers had board­ed the ves­sel in To­ba­go on Fri­day they had to dis­em­bark af­ter two dis­abled en­gines could not start.

George said the cost of the new card was min­i­mal, while labour to re­pair the ves­sel was sup­plied by the ship’s tech­ni­cian and tech­ni­cians from the man­u­fac­tur­er of the en­gine.

“The ves­sel will re­turn to ser­vice on the next sched­uled date, that is this Wednes­day. We apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience caused.”

George ad­mit­ted that while the ves­sel was be­ing fixed it missed five sail­ings.

Reporter: Shaliza Hassanali

Source: TT Guardian

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