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.
Today’s sailing of the T&T Spirit from Tobago will be delayed by one hour.
According to a release issued by the management team for the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-Island Ferry Service (TTIT), the originally scheduled 4:00 pm departure from Tobago will instead be at 5:00 pm.
The TTIT apologises for any inconvenience caused to the public.
The ferry service management team also says there will be an additional sailing of the Cabo Star this weekend.
The management of the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-island Transportation Company is advising of changes in sailing times of the T&T Spirit and the Galleons Passage.
With regards to the T&T Spirit, from 30th November, all Friday sailings will depart Port of Spain at 4 pm instead of 5 pm as previously advertised.
All Saturday sailings from Scarborough will depart at 6.30 am instead of 7.30 am as previously advertised.
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.
The T&T Spirit is to be taken off service on Wednesdays as part of a new maintenance schedule.
The Port Authority says this arrangement will commence from Wednesday 23rd May, 2018.
It says that the schedule will be adjusted within any week that there is an expected increase in demand and that travellers will be advised.
The Port Authority says Wednesdays are usually short sailing days as the demand for the service on this day is usually low, and the vessel operates at 6.30 am from Tobago and 12.00 noon from Port of Spain.
The T&T Spirit has made it to Trinidad in spite of a fuel leak that caused a delay in Tobago.
The Port Authority says the Spirit left Scarborough today at 7.57am with 455 passengers and 111 vehicles.
The vessel was delayed due to a fuel leak on the Starboard Outer Main Engine side which was rectified by the vessel’s and night maintenance crews.
The vessel arrived into Port-of-Spain at 10.50 am.
Less than one week into service the tt spirit experiences problems which delayed the docking at Port-of-Spain.
Port officials confirmed the vessel was unable to berth as a hydraulic hose burst on the starboard side.
The T&T Spirit left Scarborough at 6.25am with 366 passengers and 129 vehicles.
Upon arrival into Port-of-Spain at 9.30 am the crew alerted port officials and the problem was repaired.
The repair works delayed the dismemberment process for one hour and a half.
Passengers say the emergency feature on the vessel was not appropriate.