Friday 23 August, 2019

Ferry undergoing repairs after technical issue on first day of sailing

The first group of passengers board the Jean de la Valette on its first voyage from Tobago to Trinidad on July 18, 2019. Photo via Facebook, the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO).

The first group of passengers board the Jean de la Valette on its first voyage from Tobago to Trinidad on July 18, 2019. Photo via Facebook, the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO).

While the Jean de la Valette (JDLV) is out of service after encountering a technical issue which prevented its afternoon return sailing to Tobago on its first day of operation, travelers are being assured that there will be no disruption to the inter-island ferry service.

In an update on the status of the new ferry, the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) said the vessel is undergoing all necessary repairs and tests, which are expected to be completed by Saturday.

The vessel will be returned to service once the necessary work is satisfactorily completed.

The JDLV was forced to return to the Port of Port-of-Spain around 4:30 pm on Thursday after an alert went off in the bridge of the vessel in respect of the jet room as the ferry approached the Northern coast of Trinidad.

Following investigations by a technical team, it was determined that the alert was caused by a broken jet cover bracket, which affected the function of the jet cover associated with Jet Tunnel #2. 

NIDCO said the seabridge service remains unaffected as both the T&T Spirit and the Galleons Passage continue to operate to ensure there is no disruption. 

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