Trinidad and Tobago: The Buccoo Reef has set its first commercial sail journey from Trinidad for Tobago on Friday 04 June 2021. This brand new high-speed traveller catamaran has now joined the recently commissioned – A.P.T. James on the inter-island way.
On this eve, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago – Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley voyaged the Buccoo Reef at the Port of Spain before the departure of the vessel.
PM Rowley was accompanied by the Vice President of the Senate – Nigel De Freitas, Minister of Works and Transport – Senator the Hon. Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister – the Hon. Stuart Young and Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts – Senator the Hon Randall Mitchell.
This catamaran is constructed by the Australian shipbuilder Incat. This 100-meter Buccoo Reef can host 1,000 passengers – including the crew members and 239 cars.
The catamaran also highlights a ‘Maritime Dynamics’ active ride control system, which is fitted to maximise the comfort of the passengers.
This Buccoo Reef catamaran can travel at a top velocity of – 45.3 knots and is supposed to obtain the trip in nearly three hours.
PM Keith Rowley stated that with the acquirement of these two state-of-the-art vessels, the PNM government
has delivered on its promise to assure a vital ferry service for Trinidad and Tobago island people.
The prime minister of Trinidad and tobago further also had a chat with the Captain of the Port – Ezra James Joaquim, who himself accompanied and showed the vessel to the officials.
One of the Trinidadian passenger – Nigel Williams explained the vessel as A-class and stated that the ride was real smooth, fast and comfortable.
The other passenger – Marsha Watson said that “She couldn’t have aspired better and there is nothing bad I could say about this boat. Although we had bad weather coming up but the captain managed it well and the ride was smooth. It should operate wonders on this route.”