Budget 2019: Two fast ferries to arrive by 2020
Finance Minister Colm Imbert said two brand new fast ferries ordered from Australian shipbuilders will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago by 2020, signalling a ‘return to reliability’ of the seabridge.
Speaking during a presentation on the 2019 Budget on October 1, Imbert said these developments to the sea bridge are part of government’s revised Vision 2020, now known as Vision 2030.
The ferries are being procured from two Australian-based companies, Austal and Incat.
According to Imbert, one vessel will be able to carry 900 passengers and 250 cars and trucks and travels at 37.5 knots per hour, and will be able to make the journey to Tobago in less than three hours.
The second vessel will have a capacity for 1,000 passengers and 357 cars and trucks with a speed of 39.5 knots per hour.
Imbert said the order for these vessels is ‘firmly and securely on its way’.
The two fast ferries, ordered from Austal and Incat, will be delivered in 2020.
Imbert added that the Galleon's Passage will make its first official commercial journey to Tobago within the next week.
Additionally, Imbert added the proposed Ferry Port in Toco is now in the design stage and will provide a faster alternative sea route to Tobago from east Trinidad, with a travel time of one hour.
"The new port facilities would open up the entire north-east region of Trinidad for new industrial, residential and commercial development with the surrounding communities benefitting from increased economic activity and the generation of good-quality jobs," Imbert said.
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