The Jean De La Valette ferry is expected to go on dry dock today, and will be out of service until Saturday 8 February 2020.
In an official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-Island Transportation Company Ltd. (TTIT), the company advises that during the period of the ferry’s dry-docking, the T&T Spirit, the Galleons Passage and the MV Cabo Star will continue to operate.
As a result of the dry-docking of the Jean De La Valette, several sailings in February on the T&T Spirit have been cancelled.
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.
The National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) has no issue in signing a one-year lease for the Jean de la Valette with Virtu Ferries, whose managing director Francis Portelli, of parent company Vitru Holdings, has been involved in a huge oil scandal in Malta and has allegations of money laundering and bribery still hanging over his head.