Public Relations Officer
BVI Ports Authority
Tel: (284) 494-3435
The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), is announcing the first update on the operations that will occur at Road Town Ferry Terminal when the seaport reopens.
When the pandemic first arose, BVIPA responded quickly following orders of border closures which meant the suspension of international ferry operations to support the Government’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus. The main objective has been and continues to be to protect the health and safety of employees, port users and the community.
Over the past few months, the BVIPA guided by health professionals, and the industry’s best practices, have implemented comprehensive procedures and safeguards to further protect employees, ferry commuters and the community for the planned resumption of operations on 15 April 2021. The BVIPA, Government Agencies that operate at the ferry port and ferry partners must adjust their operations to ensure for the safe resumption of international ferry transportation to our Territory.
As a means of streamlining Domestic and International traffic, providing fit for purpose facilities and incorporating best safety measures practices the separation of Domestic and International passengers is necessary. The public is therefore notified that the International ferry operations will remain at the Road Town Jetty while Domestic ferry operations will be routed through Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park.
According to the Ag. Managing Director, Mrs. Oleanvine Maynard, “We at the BVI Ports Authority understand that the current delay of the reopening has affected residents, visitors, business and the economy and deeply regret the necessity of the delay, but we are confident that this additional time will allow us to complete the project to ensure a safe and healthy return to service”.
Modifications are required for both locations and the designs have been approved by the BVIPA Board of Directors. Updates on the progress and procedures at both locations will be provided on a weekly basis.
BVIPA’s inter-island ferry operations have continued to operate largely uninterrupted throughout the pandemic.
ABOUT THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS PORTS AUTHORITY
The BVI Ports Authority is the managing authority for all official Sea Ports within the British Virgin Islands including the 60ft wide, 1,312 ft. long cruise pier that can berth ships up to a maximum tonnage of 180,000 GRT. The BVIPA is responsible for the welcoming and safe arrival of seafaring passengers, as well as the reception, handling and security of cargo and sea based trade.
For more information please visit www.bviports.org