Port upgrade is high on the agenda of the BVI Port Authority (BVIPA), in fact Managing Director Claude Skelton-Cline told reporters at a press conference on 28 March that there are plans to work on all of the Territory’s ports.

The Managing Director announced that BVIPA has gone through the procurement process to determine what must be done in West End as it relates to the upgrading of that dilapidated facility. He also mentioned that a similar procurement process was also carried out in relation to the Virgin Gorda Port.

Mr. Skelton-Cline explained that now that the procurement process has been completed, and the evaluation team has done its work, the only thing missing is a final decision from central government once they are in receipt of the various documents.

He noted that the cruise-ship pier development will be given priority over the other ports projects: “Given our cruise-ship pier project development and in terms of funding, we have that (cruise pier) on the front burner, but immediately behind that is West End and Virgin Gorda. We are in the process of first bringing closure to the cruise-ship pier development then we will immediately turn our attention to funding opportunities and mechanisms for West End and Virgin Gorda specifically.”

In reference to the Road Town Ferry Terminal, Mr. Skelton-Cline explained that space continues to be an issue. He told reporters: “We have to the tune of some 300 passengers coming to the Road Town Jetty, and we are constrained somewhat by the physical facility. We are trying to see what walls can be moved again, that will expand it (terminal) to allow for free flow…So that’s an ongoing challenge, because we have a fixed asset at the moment. Whatever tweaking structurally that we can do, we are doing.”