The Galleons Passage is finally in T&T, but it will be at least another week before the vessel makes its first trip on the seabridge.
Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said that the vessel will have to go through all the necessary customs and other clearances when it docks at the Port of Port-of-Spain.
Port Authority chairman Lyle Alexander also said that the Port was “still working” on the dredging for the Galleons Passage.
He explained that the dredging is ongoing, and the contractor is on site. It is the same contractor which did the ancillary work to install the piles to accommodate the vessel.
Alexander said it would be difficult to put a date on when the dredging would be completed. “We should have started taking stuff out today. Working continuously, I would really have to say given weather conditions and everything else, we have to be realistic. I will have to say as soon as possible.”
Alexander said: “What we looking for is depth under the keel, where we are at right now based on the measurements that we have, we have to do a little clearing to enable the vessel to come all the way up to the quayside, so until that is done, because, of course, it can’t be there while we are dredging. Until that time it will be down at the Cruise Ship Complex, so it really would not be a problem.”
Before the Galleons Passage can take up duties on the seabridge it as to be classed appropriately. That classification, Guardian Media was told, will be done by Lloyd’s Register, which is the class society for the vessel. Finance Minister Colm Imbert stated the vessel had received a Category 1 status from Lloyd’s Register, which is the highest international rating.
He also dismissed claims by UNC actvist Devant Maharaj that the vessel had stalled near Venezuela saying that the estimate time or arrival was 2 pm today.
Alexander said he is “looking forward with great anticipation to the Galleons Passage going online,” he said, “it will certainly be of benefit to the people who travel, every seat we can get on that line is welcome at this time,” he said.