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Road Town Ferry Dock reopens Sunday

The Road Town Ferry Terminal. (Photo provided)

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.

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  1. Rubber Duck says:

    There will be more officers than tourists as the BVI continues on its mission to kill tourism.

  2. West End port ????????‍♀️ says:

    Strupzz all lies with port ????

  3. Sailor says:

    How can they really have people working in this condition, the place is hot no AC, no furnitures come on man its really not right. they could have stayed on the pier park till the place was ready. oh I guess its all about the Disney cruise line and their money.

  4. Utter nonsense says:

    Just when you thought you’d seen it all. This press release is a fraud. Sticking those officers in an empty building and calling it fully functional is absurd. Literally an empty building with no AC, no furniture, no computers, no signage, no cubicles, no scanning machines nothing but yet $700,000 earmarked for Festival this could be the straw that breaks the carmel’s back. Madness

    • For true! says:

      Cruise pier was better. When it rains the officers will just get wet, then people will have to walk the board walk with their luggage and lucky for them if its pouring that day. Don’t forget having to walk for a mile to use the bathroom. Yes the staff should love going back to Pier Park. On the other hand – no AC, no furniture, no computers, no signage, no cubicles, no scanning :- all can be purchased locally. Maybe the lazy heads of these departments could get up off their behinds and really do some work.

  5. Dave says:

    Still soaking the tourists and cruisers? Tourism has been killed resulting from the tripled fees and taxes assessed on charter boats. Only boats registered in BVI can afford the tax, even three times the rate before the storms. For boats registered in USVI and other US originations the tax & fees are even higher. Obviously BVI does not welcome tourists and US dollars!!!!!

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