Cabinet, which is the executive branch of Government, will have to get involved before the vessel toppled next to the Road Town Ferry Dock is removed.
This is according to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ronald Smith-Berkeley, who said the vessel is partly why the facility has not been reopened.
The vessel named Mayflower has been resting on its side next to the dock since Hurricane Irma smashed into the British Virgin Islands five months ago.
“In the next couple of weeks, a paper should be going to Cabinet to speak to that issue. It’s not as straight-forward as it seems. But hopefully, by the end of this month, I guess maybe the next four or six weeks it should be removed,” Smith-Berkeley said.
He was speaking last week at a public meeting in Cane Garden Bay about government’s proposed recovery plan for the BVI.
The Permanent Secretary said his ministry is partnering with the Ministry of Communication and Works to move the vessel.
BVI News understands that there were unsuccessful attempts to remove Mayflower recently.
As for the ferry dock, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said remedial work on the structure is going well.
“Work has been going on steadily getting the building repaired. I was in there last week and I can see that they’re actually making good progress,” said the Premier, who was also speaking at the meeting.
The repairs are being financed through funds from the $65 million loan that government is borrowing from the Caribbean Development Bank.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee Brodick Penn, announced recently that the terminal will reopen late next month.
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