The 98 metre catamaran vessel which came with a US$46.5M price tag, has passenger and vehicle capacities of 800 and 180 respectively and can travel at a speed of 40 knots per hour.
The ferry (Incat Hull 060) was delivered to a team of officials in Australia earlier this month and began its voyage to Trinidad on June 9, via Tahiti and the Panama Canal. Port Authority chairman, Derek Hudson speaking recently about the ferry, said: “Following safety and other preparatory checks, the TT Spirit will be put into service on July 1, 2007.
“Our primary objective at the Port Authority was to deliver these vessels which are essential to the transportation needs of the inter-island service in time for the July/August peak season of 2007.”
The TT Spirit will join the TT Express on the sea-bridge.