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