Less than one week into service the tt spirit experiences problems which delayed the docking at Port-of-Spain.
Port officials confirmed the vessel was unable to berth as a hydraulic hose burst on the starboard side.
The T&T Spirit left Scarborough at 6.25am with 366 passengers and 129 vehicles.
Upon arrival into Port-of-Spain at 9.30 am the crew alerted port officials and the problem was repaired.
The repair works delayed the dismemberment process for one hour and a half.
Passengers say the emergency feature on the vessel was not appropriate.
The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) has advised that the T&T Spirit has completed all its sea trials and testings, and has received all the necessary certifications by the surveyors to return to service from Monday April 16th April, 2018.
It says in a media statement that over the past months the passenger vessels have encountered a number of challenges and the two vessels were withdrawn from operations, to undertake necessary maintenance works.
The T&T Spirit was out of service from June 06, 2017 and the T&T Express from March 13, 2018.
The Port Authority has announced that it is unlikely that the T&T Spirit will return to service tomorrow as previously planned.
The travelling public was previously advised that all major works to the T&T Spirit were completed.
However, the Port Authority says repairs to the coolers prevented the continuation of the vessels’ sea trials, which are necessary to obtain the certificates to operate on the inter-island service.
The repairs to the coolers were completed on Saturday 17th March, 2018 and the testing continued.
The Transport Minister says by this afternoon a determination will be made on the readiness of the T&T Spirit.
The Port Authority has said that the T&T Spirit which is supposed to take over the passenger ferry route, should be ready by tomorrow, as the agreement with Caribbean Airlines was stipulated till the 22nd of this month.
The Spirit was expected to be in operation last week but the Port Authority said further testing needed to be done.
Tobago hoteliers are keeping their fingers crossed that the T&T Spirit will return to service on the seabridge soon.
The vessel has been out of service since June last year when it went on dry dock, leaving its sister ship the T&T Express operating solo on the route. Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said he expects the vessel would be “out from dry dock soon.”