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At last! West End Ferry Port re-opens with temporary facility

- Construction on Permanent facility likely by next year March/April
Premier and Minister of Finance Honorable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) cuts the ribbon to symbolise the reopening of the West End Port on August 2, 2019. Photo: VINO
Jost van Dyke ferry, 'Paradise Princess', docks at the newly re-opened West End Port. Photo: VINO
Jost van Dyke ferry, 'Paradise Princess', docks at the newly re-opened West End Port. Photo: VINO
The temporary facility to house officers of the Immigration Department, Her Majesty’s Customs and Treasury at the West End Port. Photo: VINO
The temporary facility to house officers of the Immigration Department, Her Majesty’s Customs and Treasury at the West End Port. Photo: VINO
Inside the Immigration and Customs area at the newly re-opened West End Port. Photo: VINO
Inside the Immigration and Customs area at the newly re-opened West End Port. Photo: VINO
WEST END, Tortola, VI- The inconvenience to many persons in West End and Jost van Dyke and the hardship on affected businesses have been lifted with the reopening of the West End Ferry Port, thanks to the construction of a temporary facility to house officers of the Immigration Department, Her Majesty’s Customs and Treasury.

The West End Port’s terminal was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and the entire structure was subsequently torn down.

At the re-opening ceremony and commissioning of the permanent facility on August 2, 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said it was only necessary that such a revenue earner as the West End Port be given priority.

“We know what happened down here during Irma. It was quite a devastation. I could never quite understand why the steel building was taken down but it is what it is and we were down here without the facility so nobody could blame Irma because Irma was the storm of all storms.

“But as time passed I kept asking…and I was asking and asking every time I got a chance, ‘what about the West End Port’. And I was coming down here a year and change later and I was asking myself how one of the greatest revenue makers was not one of the first projects to be fixed, even if in a temporary state.”

Getting the priorities right

The Premier said when his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) took over the reigns of government the first thing he asked was for the road to the West End Port be fixed “to pave the way for the restoration of the port facility."

He admitted he was very firm in instructing the BVI Ports Authority Board (BVIPA) Chairman Mr Nathaniel Isaacs and CEO Mr Lenius Lendor to get the West End Port facility up by August and not till 2020 as was the instruction of the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Government.

“Because, let’s face it, it was one of the greatest inconveniences to have to leave from West End, leave from Carrot Bay, leave from Jost van Dyke and all to go to Road Town, long after this hurricane…”

Further, Premier Fahie said a lot of businesses were feeling the squeeze with the prolonged closure of the West End Port.

Meanwhile, Hon Fahie said the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) already has plans for the permanent facility and Government would be having public meetings on it.

“I could tell you from now, based on the negotiations, the permanent facility should begin sometime next year, around March/April, based how we are pushing with the finances and other things.”

In the meantime; however, Premier Fahie wants the return of a regular ferry schedule to the West End Port.

12 Responses to “At last! West End Ferry Port re-opens with temporary facility”

  • TurtleDove (07/08/2019, 15:28) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    under the NDP we suffered, Under the VIP our country is back
  • Kingfish (07/08/2019, 15:31) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    ALL I CAN SAY IS THANKS TO FAHIE & THE VIP WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHO WAS THERE FOR THE PEOPLE
  • PASSENGER (07/08/2019, 17:55) Like (3) Dislike (26) Reply
    The schedule STINKS. I’m used to coming back 12:30, now I have to wait till 3:00 pm, this SUCKS
    • Outlaw (08/08/2019, 10:56) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ PASSENGER, well it’s simple, by your own boat.
    • Captain P (09/08/2019, 07:02) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please give the St. John boat back its 12:30 run from Redhook,3’o clock wait is too long .
  • faith (07/08/2019, 18:29) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
    the NDP and Mark and his gang did not open West End ports just to spite Fahie...them is a set of criminals
  • concern (07/08/2019, 19:59) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why do we complain so. Everything has its timing, please be great full. One administration starts something and the other finish it they all should be praised.
  • lol (07/08/2019, 22:10) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    spend so much money on a temp structure to break it done again, we had more than enough time to start to build a permanent structure. that money could have been spent better than that
  • Zion Hill (08/08/2019, 05:44) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thank you mr Fahie for looking out for your district and the country
  • Hmm (08/08/2019, 08:15) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now let’s get to work on the permanent building
  • Citizen (12/08/2019, 10:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Having the west end port open is necessary, however spending funds on a temporary facility makes no sense, I know and understand it is needed URGENTLY, but the funds spent on a temporary bldg., could of been used to build a permanent structure to w/stand weather and no need for interrupting service for completing a new structure, just my opinion maybe right maybe wrong. But it is good to see the port open PROGRESS


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