Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Anthony McMaster has said upgrades being are done to the ferry terminal in Road Town nearly complete.
According to McMaster, the added development to the facility includes more floor space, a shaded area for passengers, and more Customs and Immigration booths.
“We are basically rebuilding from the devastation of the hurricanes and we are also taking the opportunity to modernize certain areas to improve the services offered to the public,” McMaster told BVI News.
The Road Town Ferry Terminal was scheduled to officially reopen by late this month.
“Whether or not it would meet the end of March I can’t say. But I know they are progressing well, so if they are not able to meet late March, I am pretty certain they will meet early April.”
Where’s the money coming from?
In the meantime, there are conflicting reports about how the project is being funded.
It was said the repairs and additional development were being financed through the $65 million loan that government has borrowed from the Caribbean Development Bank.
However, McMaster said that is not the case.
“As far as I am aware, the funding that is being executed in that building is coming from the Ports. Unless somebody knows something different to me, I am not aware that it is coming from the $65 million. To my knowledge, it is coming from the Ports’ coffers,” he said.
He was unable to confirm the overall cost of the project.
With regards to the vessel Mayflower, that is currently perched on its side next to the ferry terminal, McMaster said talks are still being held with its owners to have the vessel removed.
McMaster said following initial discussions with the owners, a barge attempted to remove the vessel. However, the company did not have the right equipment for the job.