The Buccoo Reef, the newest ferry in the national fleet servicing the seabridge between Trinidad and Tobago. Image courtesy INCAT Tasmania.

The newest ferry in the national fleet—the Buccoo Reef—has left the INCAT shipyard in Hobart, Tasmania, and begun her journey home to Trinidad and Tobago.

According to a news release from the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO), the vessel set sail for T&T at 12:10 am (local time) today, Thursday 21 January 2021.

It is expected to travel some 9,266 nautical miles and is scheduled to arrive in March 2021.

The Buccoo Reef will make two scheduled stops on her long journey home: firstly, at Pape’ete in French Polynesia; and then at the Panama Canal in Panama, before docking in sweet T&T.

As with the APT James, NIDCO has promised to share periodic updates on the progress of the Buccoo Reef’s homeward journey.

The route the Buccoo Reef is taking on her journey home to Trinidad and Tobago. Image courtesy NIDCO.

About the Buccoo Reef

The vessel was built by Australian shipbuilder INCAT Tasmania at its shipyard in Hobart, Australia.

INCAT began construction on Buccoo Reef in 2019.  The company says the new 100-meter, high speed ferry (Wave Piercing Catamaran) has been retrofitted with state-of-the-art electronic systems.

The ship will have an operating speed of over 40 knots, which reduces the sailing time with an increased number of crossings per day, and allowing for same day travel, thus improving inter-island access.

The Buccoo Reef—named after Tobago’s largest and most popular coral reef—will have capacity for 1,000 passengers in three lounges, which will include a range of bars and food service areas.  The vehicle deck will have 175 truck lane metres and capacity for 182 cars, or 239 cars, if trucks are not carried.  In addition, citizens will be able to enjoy comfortable coach style travel.