Just under a month after a fire on board the MV Cabo Star forced the inter-island transportation vessel out of service, it will return to operation this afternoon.
This was confirmed to Guardian Media by CEO of the Inter-Island Transportation Company (TTIT), Vilma Lewis-Cockburn, last night.
In an update, Lewis-Cockburn said, "The MV Cabo Star has been inspected and certified as safe to operate."
The vessel is expected to sail at 2 pm today, with the return sailing departing Scarborough at 11 pm tonight.
Around 11.23 pm on August 23, a fire broke out in one of the Cabo Star’s engine rooms as the vessel was en route to Port-of-Spain. It disrupted operations, causing over 100 people on board to be stranded for 18 hours at sea. The fire damaged one of its auxiliary engines and electrical cables.
The vessel subsequently returned to Trinidad for repairs, which were completed yesterday and the vessel certified to return to service.
With the MV Cabo Star under repairs, the MV Emprendedora arrived at the Port of Port-of-Spain fron Venezuela on September 9 to provide relief to passengers using the seabridge, including local truckers.
Earlier yesterday, the Port Authority apologised once more for the inconvenience the situation caused.