Water Taxi Service
In 2008, the Water Taxi Service (WTS) was formally introduced by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago as an alternative and complementary mode of transportation for both citizens and visitors. The initiative was initially specifically geared to the North-South Corridor (namely, Point Fortin to Diego Martin) and ultimately along the East-West Corridor. The objective of this major investment was to ease traffic congestion along major routes. NIDCO was given the mandate to establish and operate this Service. To facilitate the early start-up of operations in December 2008, the WTS utilized second-hand vessels as indicated above, as well as temporary terminal facilities at Flat Rock in San Fernando.
To accommodate these vessels, NIDCO undertook the following critical activities:
- Train-up of local crew to acquire the higher tier certification required to hold positions of Master and Chief Engineer on board the larger high speed vessels;
- Short-term recruitment of foreign Masters and Chief Engineers to facilitate continuity of service while local crew undertook training;
- Extension of berthing infrastructure (floating pontoons) at both San Fernando and Port of Spain to accommodate the larger vessels.
There are several measures now in place to improve the Water Taxi Service. These include:
- Expansion of capacity, reliability and accommodation of services.
- NIDCO’s aim to introduce an increase in the number of seats over peak commutes.
- The objective to increase capacity to accommodate new departure and destination points.
Significant strides are being made in the proposal for the continuation of the Water Taxi Service. These include:
- The attainment of Certification, re: Document of Compliance (DoC), in keeping with international standards and practices.
- The diversification of the WTS Revenue Base, which includes the implementation of charters, tours and advertising opportunities.