Trinidad & Tobago: APT James sets first sail

The long-awaited APT James fast ferry has set sail on its maiden voyage between the islands. 

Loop News was on hand this morning for a trip on the new inter-island ferry, as it makes its way to Tobago for a commissioning ceremony.

Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan was present, as well as Minister of Tourism and Culture Randall Mitchell and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister for Communication, Symon de Nobriga. 

The vessel left this morning at 10 am to arrive in Tobago where Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will receive the vessel and give a brief speech. 

The vessel is designed to carry 926 passengers and 250 cars at speeds of 37.5 knots and will operate a daily service between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The ship will also feature Austal’s newly developed and industry-leading innovation in smart ship technology, MarineLink Smart. 

The vessel is financed through an export loan from Australia’s Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC).


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