At least two jetties in the British Virgin Islands are being officially changed to domestic ports of entry.
The Trellis Bay jetty on Beef Island and the Setting Point jetty on Anegada are the facilities currently undergoing the change, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Anthony McMaster has said.
According to McMaster, the docks have seen an increase in activity since recently and the time is now ripe to hand them over to the BVI Ports Authority.
Currently, the Public Works Department have responsibility for the jetties. Those responsibilities largely include daily upkeep and maintenance.
“We are hoping that, at the end of July, we can have them officially transferred over but obviously there are some processes that are required in order for it to happen,” he told BVI News yesterday July 5.
“As a tourist destination, one thing we want to make sure is whether its residents or visitors will be able to utilize it in an orderly fashion,” McMaster explained.
Benefits of becoming a domestic port
The Permanent Secretary said residents and visitors can expect to see visible changes to the facilities once they are handed over and become ports of entry.
“They [the jetties] will have the correct security measures in place, the proper facilities for operation and any other things that would go with a port of entry including the proper lighting, the designated areas for conducting transactions, scheduling for ferry services, etcetera.”
He said once the jetty change over process is complete, the Captain Owen Harrigan Visitor Centre in Gun Creek along with the two aforementioned jetties will be renovated. The three facilities had received varying levels of damage in the 2017 hurricanes.
The Gun Creek facility has been closed to the public for some time now. However, is still unofficially being used as a jetty.
The territory’s current marine ports of entry are located in Road Town, Tortola, West End, Tortola, Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, the St Thomas Bay, Virgin Gorda, and Gun Creek Virgin Gorda.
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