Ferry Services remain a Thorny Issue


Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), Mr. Claude Skelton-Cline has disclosed that the ferry schedule issue still requires attention, and that the Authority has forwarded recommendations on the subject and other matters relating to the Ports to the Minister and Ministry of Communications and Works.

During a press conference on March 28, the Managing Director told the media that BVIPA communicates with the operators: “We have recommendations that we have forwarded to central government and that is a matter for the Ministry and Minister of the subject. The matter of the ferry is also with central government, but in the interim we are responsible for ensuring the adherence to the schedules that are in place, but there remain challenges.”

Mr. Skelton-Cline also mentioned that the entry of some vessels during this tourist season apparently calmed schedule concerns. However, he noted that the issue is still there: “One, or two other boats came on stream for the season, and it has alleviated some of the hassles that have happened here twofold, but there is still tremendous need for correction; so we will do everything in our power to continue to make that happen,” the Managing Director pointed out.

Premier, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith in his July 5, 2013 territorial update expressed his dissatisfaction at the manner in which ferry companies were operating.

Later in the same month Premier Smith and Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool met with ferry service providers and discussed the needs of the travelling public and strategies for improving services to and from the Territory.