New ramp being built for seabridge ferries

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 05:45

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