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’.
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.
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.
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.
Although Caribbean Airlines staff worked overtime for the Easter long weekend to fill the gap of the collapsed ferry service, transporting over 13,000 passengers on the domestic airbridge, there were still scores of ferry passengers who had to camp out at the airport in Tobago for hours to catch a flight.
Scores of passengers, including children, were seen sprawled across the floor lying on pieces of luggage at the ANR Robinson International Airport, Crown Point, Tobago when Guardian Media visited after 3 pm.