The Jean De La Valette ferry is expected to go on dry dock today, and will be out of service until Saturday 8 February 2020.
In an official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-Island Transportation Company Ltd. (TTIT), the company advises that during the period of the ferry’s dry-docking, the T&T Spirit, the Galleons Passage and the MV Cabo Star will continue to operate.
As a result of the dry-docking of the Jean De La Valette, several sailings in February on the T&T Spirit have been cancelled.
Less than two months after the Galleons Passage began operating the Seabridge between the two islands, the Government continues to face a barrage of criticism over its less than stellar performance which most recently saw retrofitted panels becoming dislodged and damaging at least two vehicles being transported to Tobago.
The incident, which occurred last Wednesday, was said to be the latest in a long line of operational issues affecting the smooth sailing of the Galleons Passage.
The TTIT wishes to advise the public that the Galleons Passage will set sail from POS at 11:00 am from POS tomorrow.
The following is a press release from the TTIT:
"The Management of the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-island Transportation Co. Ltd. (TTIT) wishes to advise the travelling public that the Galleons Passage will sail on Saturday 08th December 2018 as follows:
From POS: 11.00 AM
From TGO 4.30 PM
The management of the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-island Transportation Company is advising of changes in sailing times of the T&T Spirit and the Galleons Passage.
With regards to the T&T Spirit, from 30th November, all Friday sailings will depart Port of Spain at 4 pm instead of 5 pm as previously advertised.
All Saturday sailings from Scarborough will depart at 6.30 am instead of 7.30 am as previously advertised.
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.
The Galleons Passage left Trinidad with almost a full load earlier today and took its average four hours to get to Tobago.
Some 315 of the available 400 seats were filled while over 30 vehicles were transported to the sister island during this morning’s sailing.
The vessel left the Port of Port-of-Spain at 6 am and arrived around 10.10 in the waters off the Port of Scarborough.
Passengers were accommodated in two separate areas of the boat on the starboard and port side for the journey.
The Galleons Passage will go into service on Monday.
A statement by NIDCO today says that the maiden voyage will depart the Port-of-Spain Ferry Terminal at 6 am on Monday for Tobago.
The return sailing for the first day of service will depart the port of Scarborough at 4pm Monday.
The vessel will sail on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from Port-of-Spain at 6 am and from Scarborough at 4 pm.