The T&T Spirit is to be taken off service on Wednesdays as part of a new maintenance schedule.
The Port Authority says this arrangement will commence from Wednesday 23rd May, 2018.
It says that the schedule will be adjusted within any week that there is an expected increase in demand and that travellers will be advised.
The Port Authority says Wednesdays are usually short sailing days as the demand for the service on this day is usually low, and the vessel operates at 6.30 am from Tobago and 12.00 noon from Port of Spain.
Malfunctioning toilets on the lone cargo vessel servicing the domestic route forced passengers to relieve themselves inside and overboard the vessel during nine hours of sailing between T&T.
The recent malfunctioning was a result of rocks, lemons and clothing placed in the toilet by passengers which choked the vessel’s sewer system, according to the Port Authority.
On Saturday, head of the watchdog group Fixin T&T Kirk Waithe posted photographs on WhatsApp showing “out of order” signs stuck on the doors of the male and female toilets.
The Port Authority and Inter-island Transportation Company Limited (TTIT) is advising that there have not been any changes in the sea conditions, as the wave heights continue to be in excess of three metres.
The Port Authority says that in the circumstances, the sailings of the T&T Express from Port-of-Spain have been amended, until further notice, to depart at 2 pm instead of 3.30 pm as initially scheduled.
It says that the Sunday sailings from Tobago will depart at 8.30 am instead of 9.30 am as scheduled.
Michael Fornillier, 32, has been charged with 14 counts of fraud.
The following is a press release from the TTPS:
A clerical assistant employed with the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with 14 counts of fraud, amounting to $209,300, against four persons, which occurred between May 5th, 2017 and July 12th, 2017.