THE new ferry- the Galleons Passage- is scheduled to be delivered to NIDCO in China on Wednesday.
The sailing time to Port of Spain is estimated at two months.
So said Finance Minister Colm Imbert in response to questions Tuesday. It means that the Galleons Passage is scheduled to arrive in Trinidad and Tobago around April 10.
NIDCO will operate the Galleons Passage, which would be leased to the Port Authority by NIDCO.
On Monday the Cabinet held a special meeting to give final approval to the acquisition of the Galleons Passage, which would be used on the inter-island ferry service, along with the T&T Spirit and the T&T Express. The vessel is the expected to bring much needed relief to the difficulties which have been experienced by the sea-travelling public on the seabridge for the past year.
The catamaran cost US $17.4 million, and it will cost a further US800,000 to bring the vessel from China. Imbert had stated that the price of the vessel was very good since it would have cost US $25,000 a day or TT$60 million a year to lease a boat.
Imbert had assured on January 19 that there were no problems surrounding the vessel which had been subjected to rigorous inspection.
The vessel was inspected in China by Lloyds of Hong Kong, maritime company Schulte Marine as well as marine experts from UTT's Marine Campus, all of whom travelled to China to examine it.