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Road Town ferry terminal expected to reopen in March

Remedial works on the hurricane-battered ferry terminal in Road Town is nearly completed. (Photo Credit: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/BVI News)

Customs and Immigration officers manning Tortola seaports will be back inside the Road Town Ferry Terminal by late March.

This is according to Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC), Brodrick Penn.

“It (the dock) is functional now for the Virgin Gorda boats. But what they are doing is, they’re working to get the building operational so they can house Customs, Immigration and the rest of the operations in order to be able to allow the international traffic,” Penn told BVI News.

The Road Town-based terminal sustained severe damage during the hurricanes; forcing international traffic such as vessels coming in from St Thomas to be diverted to the cruise ship dock in Road Town.

The makeshift facilities at the cruise dock are less than ideal for residents and visitors as well as Customs and Immigrations officers who are currently operating under tents.

“It’s a matter of trying to separate what is happening right now at the cruise pier and get back to the level of efficiency that we had at the Road Town dock. I expect sometime in the early spring we will be running the boats going to St Thomas [back at the designated terminal],” the DRCC chairman said.

Virtually all the territory’s seaports are operational expect for the West End Ferry Dock and the dock in Gun Creek on Virgin Gorda, Penn said.

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  1. Good says:

    This again is a reflection on the inefficiency of public works. The public work department should have been able to do this project along with port authority guys who maintain because the works are not all that much an complicated and it would have saved the country money. All they needed is equipment.

  2. Bosang says:

    There is a problem with placing incompetent and inexperienced persons in position of leadership who think that their grand parents left the position for them

  3. Interested says:

    We cannot wait for it to be operational.Don’t forget about West End please.

  4. Rock says:

    Why does the photo does not included the new attraction at the ferry terminal? Hmmmmmmmmmmm

  5. what.... says:

    over six months for minor damage

  6. Looker says:

    Broderick, what about the other people that work there or lets say own the bldg?

  7. Why Not says:

    It would make more sense to leave the international ferry’s arriving and departing from Tortola at the the Cruise Pier dock as there is more parking and won’t cause traffic jams at the Road Town ferry dock. There is customs and immigration already at the Cruise pier dock for the cruise ships. It will also help with the stores getting more sales via the ferry riders. Keep the Road Town ferry dock open for inter island ferry’s which will not be as congested with vehicle pick ups and cause traffic jams.

    • yep but says:

      Completely agree. Although Customs and immigration need better facilities to make that happen. That would mean more expenses and so that probably won’t happen short term since there is already a facility for it.

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