Sinanan stands behind new ferry deal

Hours af­ter Gov­ern­ment gave de­tails about the leas­ing arrange­ment of Mal­tese ves­sel Jean De La Valette (JDLV) to ease the coun­try’s seabridge woes, the ves­sel is now mired in con­tro­ver­sy.

Malta ferry gets nod for seabridge

The pro­pos­al for the lease of the Jean De La Valette (JDLV) as a tem­po­rary in­ter-is­land fer­ry to ease up the seabridge woes is al­ready be­fore Cab­i­net.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia last Fri­day, Trans­port Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan said the new ves­sel, cur­rent­ly sched­uled to ar­rive by the end of May, will re­place the limp­ing T&T Ex­press, which Gov­ern­ment plans to sell, un­til two new fer­ries ar­rive in T&T next year. How­ev­er, he dis­missed sug­ges­tions this news was new, adding he had raised it in Par­lia­ment ‘about a month ago’.

Galleons Passage to go into service next week

The Galleons Passage is finally in Trinidad and Tobago waters but it will be at least another week yet before the vessel, first announced to the country seven months ago, makes its first trip on the seabridge.

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan told Guardian Media that the vessel will have to go through all the necessary customs and other clearances when it docks at the Port of Port-of-Spain.

Port Authority chairman Lyle Alexander told Guardian Media the Port was “still working” on the dredging for the Galleons Passage.

PM: Galleons pump problem minor

If the Galleon’s Passage ferry has only suffered a faulty water pump problem after travelling 6,000 miles across the Pacific, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he’d be particularly happy if that’s the ferry’s only problem.

Rowley made the comment yesterday in Parliament, in reply to Opposition queries on issues the vessel is experiencing.

Galleons Passage expected to make delayed arrival in mid-May

The Galleons Passage will not arrive in Trinidad and Tobago until mid-May or thereabout.

That's the word from Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan as the vessel continues its journey from Hawaii en route to Acapulco, Mexico.

The new vessel was due in Mexico on April 24th but checks on the marine traffic site put a new estimated time of arrival of April 26th.

Sinanan explained that because of unforeseen delays along the route the vessel is expected to arrive by the middle of May.