If the Galleon’s Passage ferry has only suffered a faulty water pump problem after travelling 6,000 miles across the Pacific, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he’d be particularly happy if that’s the ferry’s only problem.
Rowley made the comment yesterday in Parliament, in reply to Opposition queries on issues the vessel is experiencing.
The Galleons Passage will not arrive in Trinidad and Tobago until mid-May or thereabout.
That's the word from Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan as the vessel continues its journey from Hawaii en route to Acapulco, Mexico.
The new vessel was due in Mexico on April 24th but checks on the marine traffic site put a new estimated time of arrival of April 26th.
Sinanan explained that because of unforeseen delays along the route the vessel is expected to arrive by the middle of May.
Although Caribbean Airlines staff worked overtime for the Easter long weekend to fill the gap of the collapsed ferry service, transporting over 13,000 passengers on the domestic airbridge, there were still scores of ferry passengers who had to camp out at the airport in Tobago for hours to catch a flight.
Scores of passengers, including children, were seen sprawled across the floor lying on pieces of luggage at the ANR Robinson International Airport, Crown Point, Tobago when Guardian Media visited after 3 pm.
Watch as a man explains the challenges now being experienced by persons who use the Cabo Star to transfer their vehicles between Trinidad and Tobago.
As the man explains, the Cabo Star docked in Port-of-Spain from Tobago, and 45 minutes later, vehicles could not leave the vessel.
He explains that drivers have to fly from Crown Point, Tobago to Piarco, Trinidad, and no vehicle can disembark until the drivers arrive.