Cabinet has approved the spending of close to $8 million by the Port Authority of T&T to get the ports of Port-of-Spain and Scarborough ready for the Galleons Passage.
Port chairman Lyle Alexander told the T&T Guardian yesterday that the Port requested the money to ensure that the pier is ready for when the Galleons Passage arrives.
The vessel inched closer to its final destination yesterday when it arrived in Panama. From Panama the vessel heads to Cuba.
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.
Ther Chamber of Industry and Commerce is expressing concern over the collapse of the ferry service between Trinidad and Tobago and says the Galleons Passage is a retrograde step for Tobago.
The Chamber issued a statement on the seabridge problems, on Monday.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC) is extremely concerned by what is now an almost-total collapse of the ferry service between the two islands.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert says claims that the arrival of the Galleons Passage vessel will be delayed by a month are an exaggeration.
The minister was responding to information posted by Sea Transport in China.
The US$17.38 million vessel is currently docked in Honolulu.
It is expected to journey to Panama and then to Cuba to be outfitted with seats before traveling to Trinidad.
The final sailing is expected to take around 10 days which would means the vessel could arrive in the first week of May.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert has confirmed that the Galleons Passage will arrive in T&T at the end of next month.
The Minister told the Senate today that the vessel is currently docked in Yokohama, Japan, preparing for a cross-Pacific journey to Honolulu, Hawaii before journeying on to T&T.