Thursday 12 December, 2019

Galleon's Passage arrives safely in Tobago

Photo courtesy the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Office of the Chief Secretary.

Photo courtesy the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Office of the Chief Secretary.

The Galleon's Passage has arrived safely in Tobago after its first official commercial sailing from Trinidad. 

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Office of the Chief Secretary shared a photo of the ship docked in Scarborough port on Monday just before midday, saying that vessel had docked safely with no issues. 

The vessel, which left the port of Port of Spain around 6:00 am, made the journey in approximately four hours to arrive around 10:00 am at Scarborough. Passengers disembarked from the vessel just before 11:00 am.

Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan thanked the public for their patience and said that the country's sea-bridge woes are now over. 

"I wish to thank all citizens, especially Tobagonians, for their patience and understanding. I am confident that the challenges on the sea bridge are now over," Sinanan said via Twitter. 

Sinanan, media and other public officials were present on the vessel's inaugural trip.

The vessel will leave Tobago on Monday at 4:00 pm to return to Trinidad. 

The Galleon's Passage, which was purchased at a cost of US$12 million, can hold up to 700 passengers and 100 vehicles.

The vessel will depart from Trinidad at 6:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and will depart Scarborough at 4:00 pm.

The vessel initially left China in February 2018 and arrived in the country on July 16, 2018. 

The vessel made a test run to Tobago and made adjustments to the docking ramp prior to being put into service.

Government has also arranged to purchase two additional fast ferries from Australian companies Austal and Incat, which they estimate will arrive by 2020.

 

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