Galleons Passage will make its maiden voyage today

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.

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