The Galleons Passage was docked at the Scarborough Port after arriving in Tobago just after noon on its third trial run on Saturday.
The journey came two days ahead of its scheduled maiden sailing on the inter-island seabridge today.
Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan said the trial was undertaken to ensure everything is in place for today’s first public sailing.
“We are making sure we have supplies and everything is in place for any mechanical issues, so in addition to the trial run we are bringing supplies for the vessel as Tobago has some storage.”
An elated-sounding Sinanan added, “Despite all the so-called experts saying the vessel cannot sail, here we are on the third trial run with all the vessel’s certification in place.”
Asked about the length of the vessel’s journey, Sinanan said, “It took four and a half hours during the trials so it shouldn’t take much longer.”
Reminded that trials were done without the required number of passengers and vessels, he noted that “the length of the journey with the passenger and vessel load is anyone’s guess.”
“Let’s see what will happen. Your guess is as good as mine,” the minister said.
National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) announced that the Galleons Passage will make its maiden voyage today, leaving the Port of Spain Ferry Terminal at 6 am. The voyage from Port of Spain to Scarborough is expected to last four and a half hours. The boat will leave Scarborough at 4 pm.
Nidco said the ferry’s sailing time from Port of Spain on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be at 6 am. The return sailings from Scarborough on the same days are at 4 pm. Nidco said further details will be provided by the Port Authority.