Officials are expected to break ground for the construction of a permanent port facility at West End by the start of the second quarter of 2020.
Premier Andrew Fahie made that announcement during the official opening of the temporary terminal building being used to house port operations in Soper’s Hole, West End.
“My heart is filled with joy; your deliverance has come today,” Fahie told residents. “This facility is only temporary, and I can tell you from now based on the negotiations the permanent facility should begin somewhere next year between March/April based on how we are pushing with the finances and other things.”
He said the designs for the new facility is already underway. These designs follow a public meeting which was held for residents back in April. However, another public meeting will take place following the ongoing emancipation festivities.
Fahie, who is also Representative of the First District where West End is located, further told residents: “I want you to know you are not going to meet it out to death, never let the perfect become the enemy of the greater good because half a loaf is better than no loaf at all. So when we meet, we might not get everything in the facility but the major adjustments we will do. But do we shall and do we must.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Lenius Lendor who also delivered brief remarks said he was pleased with the temporary facility.
“It’s a festive time, and it is really appropriate that we open this facility today (August 2). I want to place on record my gratitude [because] West End is a very important facility in terms of volume of traffic in that part of the territory,” Lendor said.
He also gave kudos to the Premier who he said was “very determined and persistent” to reopen the port.
The port was closed to public ferries for nearly two years after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the entire territory.
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