Thursday 18 July, 2019

Port Authority: No shortage of space on sea bridge

The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) and the Inter-island Transportation Company Limited (TTIT) is assuring citizens that there is no shortage of space on the passenger and cargo ferries.

In a statement issued Monday, the Authority said that the T&T Express, MV Cabo Star and the water taxi were within capacity for the period June to August 2017.

"In June, 2017, the Ministry of Works and Transport awarded a contract for a one-year time charter of a suitable Roll-on Roll-off (ro-ro) cargo vessel, the M.V. Cabo Star, to transport cargo comprising commercial trucks, vans and containers on the sea bridge. Since the introduction of the M.V Cabo Star into service the transportation of passengers/drivers and commercial cargo vehicles has returned to a regular and reliable service between the islands."    

"In spite of the foregoing, our data stated hereunder over the period June – August reflects that there is excess capacity on the sea bridge, which we would like to encourage our customers to take advantage of to ensure that passenger and cargo requirements are met," the Authority said. 

The Authority said due to the T&T Spirit being dry-docked for repairs from June to November, the T&T Express is being supplemented by one of the water taxis. Once the T&T Spirit is returned to service, the T&T Express will then be dry-docked for repairs. 

"The Board and Management of PATT and TTIT recognize that there is a need to upgrade its fast ferries in order to ensure that the sea bridge service between Trinidad and Tobago remains uninterrupted, safe and reliable."

The Authority added that an Invitation to Tender for the provision of a suitable passenger and vehicle fast ferry will be issued from August 29, 2017 for proposals. 

"The Board and Management of the Port Authority and Inter-island Transportation Company Limited thank you for your understanding and continued support as we continue to improve the inter-island operations," The Authority said. 

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