Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced that Government is still very interested in the West End/Sophers Hole Jetty (Dock). Hon. Vanterpool made this announcement on May 26.
He declared that the promised improvement would be delivered: “Yes, a contractor has been selected for the West End ferry dock improvements.”
Last November Hon. Vanterpool during the questions and answers segment of a House of Assembly sitting confirmed that the invitation for tenders for the design and construction of a new or newly renovated ferry terminal, ferry dock, and ancillary facilities at the West End/Sophers Hole Jetty were earmarked for $3,000,000 and that Government is firm on this figure.
The Minister disclosed that an RFP was put out for a design of the project. This RFP, Hon. Vanterpool stated, is not to exceed $3,000,000, and the project will be funded through loans.
The Works Minister also assured that a consultation meeting will be held once the design has been selected by the Board.
At that time the Minister announced: “There is no commencement date as yet Madam Speaker. The bids for design/build of the West End/Sopher’s Hole Jetty development are in the evaluation stage. Therefore, I cannot state a completion date.”
On 12 September, BVIPA issued an invitation for tenders for the West End, Tortola port of entry. It was announced that the Project will be designed and built to a Guaranteed Maximum Price of $3,000,000.
The invitation announced that the project was for the design and construction of the West End port of entry would comprise: a terminal building that separates domestic and international passengers; inspection areas and offices for Immigration, Customs, and BVIPA officers; offices for ancillary services; a visitor information centre; ticketing counters that accommodate each ferry line operating at the facility, restroom facilities; food court facilities; handicapped persons accessibility; and restoration of the docking facility to its original foot print.