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Gov’t addressing ferry schedules between Tortola & St. Thomas

March 1st, 2012 | Tags: Dr. D. Orlando Smith ferry service
Smith's Ferry is one of the three services that provides transportation to St. Thomas.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith has said his Government is addressing the “problem” of ferry schedules between Tortola and St. Thomas USVI.

According to the Premier in his “100 days in office speech” on February 27, 2012, the problem is not good for the tourism product as passengers continue to miss their flights.

“In changing the direction of this Territory from grim to prosperity, we have also been addressing the matter of competing ferry schedules between Tortola and St. Thomas. The current situation is inconveniencing passengers who continue to miss their flights. This is not good for our tourism product.”

Dr. Smith also said he expected to have the problem resolved very soon.

The main ferry services that plies the Tortola/St. Thomas route are Road Town Fast Ferry, Smith’s Ferry Service and Native Son of St. Thomas.

17 Responses to “Gov’t addressing ferry schedules between Tortola & St. Thomas ”

  • spin city (01/03/2012, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but he never said wht he was doing to address the problem...is this just more spin?????
    • Movements (01/03/2012, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The only thing spinning here is your damn head, that's why you and your step brothers critic and ooooo always talking sh$t. At least it's on his agenda to look into, only being elected 4mths. What you want him to do, force the ferries to run when needed? Jacka$$! There has to be meetings with everyone involved to come to a solution. All your government did was spend and do a bunch of shit so sit back and watch real leaders run a country.
      • spin city (02/03/2012, 05:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why you so sensitive of ah women making her point movements? your old boring tire puppy in power now lead or get the hell out dey way. After four months tis time ayo do someting for we from blaming vip! Run the country fool do at least one ting boss
        • the ship is skining (04/03/2012, 02:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          The ndp already made a mess of this in an attempt to undermine bobby and push ira. The ndp and them badmindeness well know that. Anegada does not need no 6 days and them better keep off bobby schedule
  • Sync (01/03/2012, 15:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ferry's aint the problem if Customs Tortola would open earlier the ferries may be given the chance to change the operating hours!! The U.S Customs are open very early but not at road town tortola!! They are being babied and expect to paid well!! If they open from 6-7 like US they would be able to at least change things as well their paychecks would look better cause the earlier the ferries run the more people they attract and the more revenue is being made!
    • bvi (01/03/2012, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I believe they are speaking about the departure times, where all three ferries depart at the same time, so if you miss one, you would have missed them all. That's what I gather from the article. I dont think customs has anything to do with this centuries old problem
  • badcompany (01/03/2012, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They don't need to change a thing. all the government needs to do is make sure when the boat is schedule to leave it leaves and not linger around waiting for other passengers and the passengers need to be early. when they got flight to catch they there 2hrs and when they catching the boat they coming when the boat is ready to leave and inconviencing the passengers who has flights to catch
  • zeeeeeeeeeeeee (01/03/2012, 16:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    outside of the high cost i am not sure what the issues are....
  • lodger (01/03/2012, 16:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its more the timing of afternoon and evening schedules to meet incoming flights. Meaning customs should stay open later at night. Why would they want to be open earlier?
  • sad (01/03/2012, 16:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Speedys should also be included as many persons coming to Virgin Gorda are now using them Tuesday Thursday and Saturday. And it a direst boat to and from St Thomas
  • high seas (01/03/2012, 16:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just more ways to help he cuz ira
  • West End passenger (01/03/2012, 17:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This problem is mainly at the Road Town port. To me, West End schedule is always correct. I've only had problems catching the boat from town. They literally do what they want out of people!!!
  • critic (01/03/2012, 19:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i am willing to bet its the blue ferry that requested the meeting
  • oh yea (01/03/2012, 22:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i just want want when i drop my family off to the boat no body up in my face rushing me trying to tek me bag..that has to stop
  • Jack johnson (02/03/2012, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am glad that our Government is seeking to address this situation. THese ferry companies must do better. They never depart on time. Its amazing how port authority seems to have very little or no control over these ferries. Then again I also blame the passengers. Many of them know what time the ferries re to leave and you see them running comeing at 7:10 am when they know the scheduled departure time is 7:00 am. It makes me sick.
  • Not2Sure (02/03/2012, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well, the Govt could help big time if it set up a scheme like they have in Bahamas and Bermuda whereby you clear US customs and immigation before you leave (so we pay for US customs and immigration officers to come over to Road Town and do there thing here). Then you could jump straight off the boat on the far side and go instead of queueing up.
  • one eye (04/03/2012, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yeap the NDP up to dem old tricks trying to run Bobby Hodge out of business, trying to force he to change he scheduel just to accommodate Orlando one eye cousin..but god does not like ugly.


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