Damaged gear ring delays T&T Spirit

The Port Au­thor­i­ty of T&T has apol­o­gised to pas­sen­gers who had to en­dure a de­lay ear­li­er to­day af­ter the T&T Spir­it en­coun­tered en­gine trou­ble ahead of its jour­ney from Scar­bor­ough to Port-of-Spain.

In a re­lease, act­ing In­ter-Is­land Trans­porta­tion CEO Vil­ma Lewis-Cock­burn said the de­lay was due to a dam­aged starter mo­tor and gear ring on the port in­ner main en­gine which was dis­cov­ered dur­ing start-up.

She not­ed that the ves­sel did not stall dur­ing the voy­age as was be­ing re­port­ed.

Lewis-Cock­burn said dam­aged parts were re­placed im­me­di­ate­ly and the ves­sel was able to sail at 7.25 am with 446 pas­sen­gers and 140 ve­hi­cles.

The sub­se­quent jour­ney to Trinidad al­so took three hours and the ves­sel ar­rived in Port-of-Spain at 10.27 am.

Ear­li­er, pas­sen­gers who had al­ready board­ed the ves­sel for the 6.30 am sail­ing were told over the ship's pub­lic ad­dress sys­tem that the ves­sel was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems with its en­gines around 6.40 am.

The cap­tain ad­vised pas­sen­gers that they could dis­em­bark and resched­ule their sail­ing, while those with ve­hi­cles were asked to re­main on board for a fur­ther no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

How­ev­er, around 7.15 am, the gate for pas­sen­gers to dis­em­bark was closed and the en­gine was start­ed four min­utes lat­er.

An an­nounce­ment was then made that the ves­sel was op­er­a­ble and the sail­ing would go ahead around 7.30 am. But this time a hand­ful of pas­sen­gers had left the ves­sel.

- by Sashtri Boodan

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