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Seabridge back to normal by Friday

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The T&T Spirit, which was taken out of service last June, has completed all major works and is expected to resume service on Friday.

Manager of Marketing and Public Relations of the T&T Inter-Island Transportation Company Vilma Lewis-Cockburn said so yesterday. She said hopefully, the seabridge would be back to normal service.

“In the interest of safety the passenger vessels were withdrawn from their operations on the seabridge to complete all mandatory works. The T&T Express is, at present, being prepared to go on the drydock.”

Lewis-Cockburn said prior to the Spirit resuming the service it was necessary to carry out sea trials these last few weeks to test the machinery and equipment.

The repairs to the coolers and the installation were completed on the Spirit last Saturday, she said.

Cockburn said the T&T Express was at present docked at the Port waiting for available space on dry dock.

“It (the Express) has been withdrawn from service and we have to get a space and we are carrying out sea trials on the Spirit to ensure that all machinery and equipment were functioning optimally,” she said.

She said the Cabo Star was still in service, expected to leave Trinidad at its usual time at 2 pm yesterday.

Caribbean Airlines has been working alongside the Port Authority to transport confirmed ferry passengers to and from Tobago.

A release from the Port said the arrangement commenced last week Tuesday applied to persons who purchased ferry tickets for the T&T Express between March 13 and 22.

“These passengers are required to check the Ferry Help Desk at the Airports prior to proceeding to the CAL Domestic counter.

A news release said passengers with tickets for the Cabo Star would not be facilitated by Caribbean Airlines and a Ferry Customer Service Help Desk was made available at the Airports from 7 am and 7 pm to assist passengers.”

Head Corporate Communications of Caribbean Airlines Limited Dionne Ligoure said the total number of confirmed ferry passengers transported were 164 and 1335 were stand-by passengers.

A media release from Caribbean Airlines said the additional aircraft which will be solely dedicated to the air bridge to provide 1088 extra seats daily was expected to arrived last weekend.

Meanwhile, the Galleons Passage, which is expected to arrive in Trinidad in April, was last located in the North Pacific Ocean near Honolulu yesterday afternoon, according to a tracking service.

The Galleons Passage last port, according to the data received, was Yokohama Ko in Japan.

When contacted yesterday, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said he was not keeping track of the Galleons Passage and that the Port would comment on any questions regarding the ferry service.



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