An early 2019 timeline has been promised for the port in West End to reopen and accept public ferries.
This, the latest of several promises from the Ministry of Communication & Works was made by the minister responsible for ports, Mark Vanterpool.
“We are hoping to have the West End port open and operating by January or February next year for ferry passengers,” Vanterpool told members of the media on Thursday.
The port has been closed to the public since the September 2017 disasters and has only been accepting private maritime traffic.
Temporary facilities have been set up at the location to accommodate the Customs and Immigration officers that are based at the facility, in the meantime.
The West End port is said to be a strong revenue-earner for the territory as it relates to facilitating public ferries between Tortola and the neighbouring United States Virgin Islands.
Just two months ago, Vanterpool said on public radio that his ministry was working to have the all-important port reopened by Christmas.
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