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Feb. 7: No six-day Tortola/Anegada Ferry service

- Service now expected to start two weeks later despite Premier's announcement
Smith's Ferry will be servicing the Anegada route for three days along with Road Town Fast Ferry, which already has three days, however, the service will not commence today as was initially announced by the Premier on February 1, 2012.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Today February 7, 2012 was announced by Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith as the day for the commencement of the 6-day ferry service from Tortola to Anegada, however, this is yet to begin and may not start until another two weeks.

Currently the Anegada route is still being plied by Road Town Fast Ferry which has a three-day schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Smith’s Ferry Service will be offering service for the three other days which are expected to be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Calls to Smith’s Ferry Service indicate that the new service is yet to be finalised and can commence in another two weeks.

Up to publication time, efforts to reach the Premier, through the Director of Communications, for a comment on the matter was futile.

Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference on February 1, 2012 where the announcement was made, the Premier in justifying the decision, said the people of Anegada must be as connected to their capitol as are the people of the other major islands in the Virgin Islands. “They deserve to be and in any case, an increased service will have the intended benefit of stimulating the economy of Anegada by providing greater, continuous and affordable access to that island from the main island of Tortola, both for residents and tourists alike.”

The Premier also noted that Government will subsidise offsets on a predetermined formula to make the service viable in the short run “but we are hopeful that an increase in the use of the service by BVI residents will significantly reduce the level of the subsidy”.

This is the second announcement made at the press conference of February 1, 2012 that has not met its date of implementation.

The first was the new import duty policy which the Premier had said would have been effective on the same day of February 1, 2012, however, the further announcement has since revealed that it has to go the House of Assembly first and a set date for commencement is yet to be announced.

14 Responses to “Feb. 7: No six-day Tortola/Anegada Ferry service ”

  • Jack johnson (07/02/2012, 13:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sometimes I wonder if people realize that these policies must go through proper procedures before they can be implemented? Common sense alone should tell people that you cannot have these policies apply willy nilly....geezzzz
    • persia (07/02/2012, 20:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      then before the politicians jump up and make these announcement trying to fool the people you should let them know tis "jack Johnson" its their fault do not blame we the people!!!
  • russian (07/02/2012, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Goodness man..why dem keep fooling we the people?
  • big daddy Tom (07/02/2012, 13:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    here we go see the objective waz to change dey suject on wade smith and now Dr. Smith wid the NDP looks foolist with water in their dem cannot get anything right..strupppsss eh!
  • Crank Shaft (07/02/2012, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VIP said we would have water flowing in our pipes in 2010. YAWN! VIP said we would have clean streets with no sewerage by 2010, YAWN! VIP said the hospital would be finished by 2010, YAWN! VIP said they were looking into the payroll tax since 2007 when they were elected, YAWN! VIP started a committee in 2007 to look at cost of living, results? YAWN! VIP announced in 2007 that VG would get their Hospital. Where is it? YAWN! VIP announced that the cruise pier would be addressed with a proper facility for merchants to sell their goods, YAWN! I can go on and on. But you all are here ostracizing Doc and his team for being 2wks late with something that's 10yrs too short? LMAO! Unbelievable!!
    • talk that (07/02/2012, 16:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well my piece ndp still have this idiot on dem pay roll to blog you know we naa study you deman ndp full of hoghwash too many promises no action
    • rattie (07/02/2012, 20:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      "crank shaft" hush your fat head self...the election over you won you got a job so just scatter. the NDP full of perception management just talk and no action and we the people not putting up wid it any longer.
      • DarkVader (07/02/2012, 22:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Shut your trap...VIP made a whole lot of promises for the past four years and did not keep one of them. Now allu want NDP to do eveything they promise in one day. Did the premier ever mention a date when the ferry service will begin? No!! But I assure you it is a promise made that will be kept. The tax on freight is in play. All businesses have to do is hold on to their receipts and get a refund for the month of February. That is a promise made and a promise kept. I hope you VIP blogers getting paid more now than during the elections case you will have a lot more bloging to do when all of NDP promises are kept...LOL
  • Crank Shaft (07/02/2012, 14:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The new duty is effective Feb. 1 that wasn't a lie and it wasn't delayed. The business owners have been notified of the procedure in place until HOA makes it official. It will be passed retroactive Feb. 1. As it relates to the Ferry, of course things have to be put in place so nothing wrong with Doc being ambitious with the timeline, it willl happen.
    • Technicality (08/02/2012, 09:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      this is why i does sit and listen to so many of you all blog, becuz yall dont kno what does b goin on half of the time, but the doc is on the right track and the reason why they have been postphoned for the next 2 weeks is becuz of Technicalities with the ferry. so b4 you all go washing your mouths on people, i suggest that you all find out the truth first.
  • sorry for he!!! (07/02/2012, 21:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ha ha ha more egg on Orlando glasses..poor doc..he does not have a clue
  • farmer brown (08/02/2012, 00:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Smith playin smart he knows he will give the six days to he consin Ira..and dast a fact! hit the right spot

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