The newest vessel in the national fleet of ferries, the APT James. Image courtesy the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO)

Less than 10,000 nautical miles separate the newest ferry in the national fleet—the APT James—from its destination of Trinidad and Tobago, as it continues to make its way home, after having been handed over officially to the Government, earlier this month.

In a release issued this morning, the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) advises that the APT James arrived at the Port of Galle, Sri Lanka, today, Wednesday 18 November 2020, at 3:45 am (local time).

According to the NIDCO statement, the Sri Lanka stop is the first of five scheduled stops for the vessel to bunker (refuel) during its journey to Trinidad and Tobago.

Image courtesy the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO).

Bunkering / Refuelling stops for the vessel include the following:

Galle, Sril LankaBunkeringOne (1) day
Republic of Djibouti, East AfricaBunkeringOne (1) day
Suez, EgyptBunkeringOne (1) day
Algeciras, SpainBunkeringOne (1) day
Praia, Cape VerdeBunkeringOne (1) day

With the stop at Sri Lanka, the vessel has 9,474 nautical miles left in its journey to Trinidad and Tobago, and is estimated to arrive in late December 2020, good weather permitting.

The proposed route for the APT James’ voyage to Trinidad and Tobago. Image courtesy the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO).

The APT James was built by Austal—the Australian company contracted by NIDCO to design and build the vehicle and passenger catamaran—at its new shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

The ferry, designated 94-metre AutoExpress, will provide high-speed passenger and vehicle operations between Trinidad and Tobago.

The APT James features the very latest in ‘smart ship’ technology, including an advanced Motion Control System, to deliver a more comfortable and stable ride. It has the capacity for 926 passengers and 250 cars, and can travel at speeds of up to 37.5 knots.