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—currently is on the final leg of its long journey home to Trinidad and Tobago.

The APT James began its months-long journey on Thursday 12 November 2020, the day it departed its manufacturing hub in Vietnam.

The estimated arrival date of the vessel has been revised to this week, good weather permitting, according to a news release from the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO).

The NIDCO statement reports that the APT James departed Las Palmas in the Canary Islands—its final bunkering / refuelling stop—at noon (local time) on Friday 1st January 2021, with some 2,900 nautical miles left in its voyage.

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

Good weather permitting, the vessel should be able to take its place with the others in the national fleet, by the end of this week.

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.  It can travel at speeds of up to 37.5 knots.