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

The newest ferry in the national fleet—the APT James—is sailing ever closer to its new home, Trinidad and Tobago, following a bunkering (refuelling) stopover at the Suez Canal over the weekend.

In a news release, the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) advises that the APT James arrived at the Suez Canal, Egypt on Saturday 28 November 2020 at 1:00 pm (local time), after departing the Port of Djibouti, Djbouti on Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 4:30 pm (local time).

According to the NIDCO statement, the Suez Canal stop is the third of five scheduled stops for the vessel to bunker (refuel) during its journey to Trinidad and Tobago, and signals the mid-way point of the vessel’s journey to Trinidad and Tobago, after departing Vietnam on Thursday 12 November 2020.

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

Bunkering / Refuelling stops for the vessel include the following:

Galle, Sril LankaCompleteBunkeringOne (1) day
Republic of Djibouti, East AfricaCompleteBunkeringOne (1) day
Suez, EgyptCompleteBunkeringOne (1) day
Algeciras, SpainPendingBunkeringOne (1) day
Praia, Cape VerdePendingBunkeringOne (1) day

NIDCO says all scheduled stops for bunkering purposes have been successful thus far, and the vessel remains on schedule for subsequent stops in Algeciras, Spain, and Praia, Cape Verde.

With just under 5,900 nautical miles left, NIDCO states the APT James is estimated to arrive in Trinidad and Tobago late December 2020, good weather permitting.