The M.V. Galleons Passage will arrive in T&T from Cuba by July 16.
Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan provided the update in Parliament on Monday.
Sinanan was responding to an urgent question from Opposition MP Vidia Gayadeen-Gopeesingh, as to what is the new estimated time of arrival of the passenger vessel, in light of reports that the boat is still in Cuba, where upgrade works are being done.
“It is estimated that the vessel will depart on July 10, 2018 from Cuba. The vessel sailing time is approximately four to six days. Fair weather permitting and good sea conditions, the vessel will arrive by July 16,” the Works and Transport Minister responded.
On Friday, NIDCO said the vessel is still in Cuba where retrofitting works are being done.
It said upon completion, the works will be surveyed by the Classification Society’s surveyor, Lloyd’s Register, prior to the vessel’s departure from Cuba on July 10.
The state-owned company also noted that after arrival in Trinidad, the owner’s proposed enhancements will be done on a phased basis, while the vessel in service.
On June 20, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said the government had taken a decision to bring the M.V. Galleons Passage to T&T from Cuba immediately, after the seller informed that it is having some difficulty transporting some of the materials and equipment needed for retrofitting works to Cuba.
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