Sunday 17 November, 2019

Major works completed on T&T Spirit

The T&T Spirit is expected to resume operations March 23, following the completion of all major repairs on the vessel.

The ferry was taken out of service June 6, 2017.

The T&T Express, which was withdrawn from operations on the sea bridge in the interest of the safety of the vessel, is being prepared for drydocking.

In an update on the vessel, the Port Authority said sea trials must be carried out prior to resuming the service to ensure that all machinery and equipment are functioning optimally. 

The first phase of the testing began March 2, at which time some issues were identified with the coolers. Immediately, Port Management and the technical crew engaged additional resources to execute the necessary repairs within the shortest possible time, in order to continue further testing. 

Repairs to the coolers were completed and the installation was expected to be completed on Saturday. 

Following the installation process, the sea trials on the vessel and the DNV surveys will be continued.  Pending the successful completion of these final testings, the necessary certification will be issued to allow the vessel to resume its operation by next Friday.

The Port Authority thanked those who use the service for their patience and understanding as efforts are made to provide a safe and reliable service. 

“During this period we have encountered a number of challenges which no doubt may have caused serious inconveniences to our loyal customers.  PATT sincerely apologises to all passengers who over the years have made this ferry service their preferred mode of transport between the islands.”

 

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