After more than seven months of being closed, the ferry terminal in Road Town is finally resuming regular operations.
The ferry terminal officially reopens on Sunday, May 13.
The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) made the announcement in a media release Friday morning.
Ferry services to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from the Tortola Pier Park Tender Dock will end Saturday evening (May 12) and all ferries to and from the USVI will now resume operations from the Road Town Jetty, the BVIPA said.
Faster service promised
The Ports Authority is now promising faster processing from Customs and Immigration officers based at the jetty, which was extensively damaged during the September 2017 hurricanes.
During the repairs, additional space was added to the international terminal at the Road Town-based dock.
“We wanted to address some concerns raised by residents and tourists about the general condition and comfort of the arrivals terminal. With the addition, we have been able to add a few more Immigration and Customs booths, so we anticipate the clearing process will be faster and the environment more comfortable for both travellers and officers at the Road Town Jetty,” said Acting Managing Director of the BVIPA, Akeem Pickering.
And while commenting on the reopening of the terminal, Pickering said: “The resumption of international services at the Road Town Jetty is a strong indication of the progress our team has made. We understand the importance of that facility supporting travel for both residents and tourists and we will continue our work to ensure all facilities have been restored.”
The ferry terminal on the western end of Tortola is yet to reopen.