A permanent ramp is being constructed at the Scarborough Port to facilitate the docking of the new inter-island ferry—the Jean De Valette.
The same ramp will also be used for the Galleons Passage.
Prior to now, a temporary berth was erected and dismantled for vehicles to disembark when the Galleons Passage docked at the Scarborough port.
This from the chairman of the Board of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) Lyle Alexander.
He said vehicles would now be accommodated on the T&T Spirit and the Cabo Star until ongoing infrastructural works are completed at both ports.
“The Galleons Passage will not be taking vehicles for the moment. A permanent ramp is currently being built at the Scarborough port to accommodate the Jean De Valette. The Galleons Passage will also utilise that ramp instead of the temporary ramp that’s currently being used,” Alexander told Guardian Media.
Speaking about the docking of the inter-island vessels in Trinidad, he said: “The Queen’s Wharf and the Caricom Wharf areas are currently being dredged.”
He added: “The Galleons Passage will now have to moor at the Cruise Ship Complex which means that passengers will have to be shuttled ... after processing at the terminal building.”
Questioned about the validity of reports that cargo vessels from Trinidad are now docking at the Studley Park Jetty because of the ongoing infrastructural works at the Scarborough port, Alexander said those reports are true.
“Once the work is being done on the port, it will obstruct the safe mooring of any vessel. We will be forced to utilise the options available to us and in some cases that would mean the Studley Park Jetty,” he said.
Asked about the cost of the project at both ports, Alexander said those costs must first be verified.
He said the estimated date for completion of ongoing work at the Scarborough port is July 15, in time for the sailing of the new ferry.
Reporter: Loyse Vincent