Customs and Immigration officers manning Tortola seaports will be back inside the Road Town Ferry Terminal by late March.
This is according to Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC), Brodrick Penn.
“It (the dock) is functional now for the Virgin Gorda boats. But what they are doing is, they’re working to get the building operational so they can house Customs, Immigration and the rest of the operations in order to be able to allow the international traffic,” Penn told BVI News.
The Road Town-based terminal sustained severe damage during the hurricanes; forcing international traffic such as vessels coming in from St Thomas to be diverted to the cruise ship dock in Road Town.
The makeshift facilities at the cruise dock are less than ideal for residents and visitors as well as Customs and Immigrations officers who are currently operating under tents.
“It’s a matter of trying to separate what is happening right now at the cruise pier and get back to the level of efficiency that we had at the Road Town dock. I expect sometime in the early spring we will be running the boats going to St Thomas [back at the designated terminal],” the DRCC chairman said.
Virtually all the territory’s seaports are operational expect for the West End Ferry Dock and the dock in Gun Creek on Virgin Gorda, Penn said.
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