Port Authority apologises for ferry delays

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 17:00

The management of the Port Authority is apologising to the travelling public for the disruptions in service over the last few weeks.

The Port Authority says it is making decisions in the interest of the safety of passengers.

The Port has issued the following statement:

"Over the last few days there have been disruptions in the inter-island ferry service due to mechanical issues with the vessels, the T&T Express and the T&T Spirit. The Management of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago wishes to apologize for any inconvenience caused to our loyal passengers who, over the years, have supported and made the ferry service their preferred mode of transport between the islands.

On Monday 15th May, 2017 the T&T Express experienced mechanical problems and was completely withdrawn from service on Tuesday 16th May to undertake repair works to its Port Inner Main Engine.

The required critical parts arrived into the country later that night and the Technical crew worked assiduously to return the vessel to service on Wednesday 17th May, 2017. As such, the T&T Express will sail at 1.45pm from Port of Spain.

On Tuesday 16th May the T&T Spirit developed problems with its electrical systems and repairs commenced immediately, to ensure that the vessel met its scheduled 4.00pm commitment.

Unfortunately the repairs were not completed as planned and the vessel was unable to make its return crossing to Tobago. This situation adversely impacted on passengers, as there were persons who could not return to their homes and family.

The Authority wishes to advise the travelling public that it was necessary to withdraw the vessels from service over the past few days to undertake necessary maintenance works. In keeping with its mandate to provide efficient and reliable inter-island transport services, passengers can be assured that at all times the “best” decisions will always be made to ensure that the service is not compromised and that our passengers are safe during the voyage.

The Board and Management of the Authority thank you for your understanding and continued support as we continue to improve the inter-island operations."