Saturday 14 December, 2019

Sinanan: Rough seas caused falling ceiling panels on Galleon's Passage

Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, refuted questions regarding the safety of the Galleon's Passage after the vessel turned around while en route to Tobago on Wednesday due to rough seas. 

The question was raised after passengers asked why the vessel was turned around, showing videos of sunny weather while aboard the vessel.

Speaking in response to an urgent question in Parliament on Friday, Sinanan said the captain turned around due to safety precautions as waves were over 3.5 metres. 

“On December 5, 2018, the Galleon’s Passage changed its course en route to Scarborough and returned to Port of Spain. Sea conditions were recorded at 3.5 metres when the average measurement is usually 1.5 metre.”

Sinanan during the ‘unfortunate’ sea conditions, two ceiling panels on the car deck were dislodged and in the interest of safety, the captain decided to return to Port of Spain to have the panels system fixed.

He said this was successfully addressed and sailing resumed on December 6, 2018.

When asked regarding statements by the Tobago Chamber of Commerce regarding whether the vessel was unfit to traverse the sea bridge, Sinanan retorted that the Chamber is not the certifying body for the vessel.

“We are guided by the Maritime Service Division and the international brokers Lloyd’s and they have guaranteed the safety of the vessel,” he said.

Sinanan said the panels were repaired in-house.

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