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VI ports remain 'key part' of territory's economic development – Hon Fahie

- as BVIPA celebrates 30th anniversary in service
The British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA) remains flexible in the ways it does business with stakeholders. Photo: Twitter/BVIPA
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in congratulating the BVI Ports Authority on its 30th anniversary, said the authority remains integral to the territory’s economic development. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in congratulating the BVI Ports Authority on its 30th anniversary, said the authority remains integral to the territory’s economic development. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said new port enhancements will be advanced for improved access to Virgin Island's many ports of entry. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said new port enhancements will be advanced for improved access to Virgin Island's many ports of entry. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in congratulating the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) on its 30th anniversary, said the territory's ports remain integral to the territory’s economic development.

“As Minister responsible for ports, it is important for me to state that maintaining this territory’s port services is a key pay of our economic development,” Premier Fahie said in a statement released today, November 23, 2020.

BVIPA is of critical value to VI - Premier Fahie 

“The British Virgin Islands Ports Authority is of critical value to this economy it helps to facilitate business continuity through ports and shipping, which are an essential part of the social-economic environment of this territory,” he said.

The Premier noted that the BVIPA also plays a key role in the tourist product offering of the VI and therefore remains flexible, changing the ways it does business with stakeholders.

“Today, the team continues to market a newly enhanced port brand in the new regular, in this an exciting chapter for any business or agency.”

He said the Ports Authority is committed to moving forward and aims to become the Caribbean port of choice, through new innovative technology like the online booking system ‘Port Call.”

Innovations in COVID-19 era 

The Premier detailed how contactless payment systems have also been implemented to maintain business continuity.

The Leader of Government Business further said that new port enhancements will be advanced for improved access to VI’s many ports of entry.

Premier Fahie congratulated the Authority on its 30th anniversary and said he remains confident in the team's ability to keep the supply chain moving in the COVID-19 era.

Additionally, the BVIPA announced in October 2020, that it had invested in parcels of land located in Virgin Gorda to expand the ports facility there to separate the cargo and passenger ports.

About BVIPA

The BVI Ports Authority is the managing authority for all official Sea Ports within the [British] Virgin Islands inclusive of 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.

6 Responses to “VI ports remain 'key part' of territory's economic development – Hon Fahie”

  • one eye (23/11/2020, 23:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big ups to the ports
  • one eye (24/11/2020, 05:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It was the vip who opened the first ports
  • E. Leonard (24/11/2020, 06:57) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VI is a small group of islands spread over some 36 islands and a coastal locale. Marine ports are an important facilities in inter- and infra-island and international transport. They are important links between sea and land transport. They are key cogs in its economy, especially tourism that makes up 1/2 of the economic twin pillars. In addition to its economic function, it also provides employment for many residents, making a social contribution. Moreover, Port Purcell is the major port in the VI but the BVIPA needs to explore other major ports to supplement Port Purcell. Other ports are needed to facilitate surge capacity, growth and emergencies? If Port Purcell were to be damaged, ie, by a hurricane what is the option? Additionally, the BVIPA should explore the scope of services offered, eg, serving as a regional entrepôt. Moreover, the VI is a small territory so would more efficiency and effectiveness be attained if air and marine ports were combined into a single port authority?
    • E. Leonard (24/11/2020, 10:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Continuation.........There are plans on the table to build out Fat Hogs Bay harbour. In the planning, Fat Hogs Bay harbour should be explored as a potential site for an additional major port. Fat Hogs Bay needs a comprehensive master plan development plan. Like food, water.....etc, port security must also be considered. Again, if Port Purcell is out of commission, what are the back up plan for offloading ships. Some redundancy is needed.
  • staff (24/11/2020, 09:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We want dean back
  • Servant of the Most High God in Christ. (24/11/2020, 11:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Truely the all the ports entry of the B.V.I have served us above average, let's day aproximately over the past 30 years. But over that time past multimillions $$$$$$$$ never were put into the Government's cash pans, because of disohonesty and selfish pride, and arrogant mindset of past, and probable present Government employees that were, and are currently placed in accountibility positions. The challenges of revenue collecting is vital to the economic success of all economy. If the same trend continues, talks void of honesty are equal to political rattling. Sadly, but true, the scale of human balance is still by far tilted against the poor and needy. I do hope Hon. Premier Andrew Fahie, that you and your team of elected Ministers will be able to take a "BIG BITE OUT OF CRIME going foward. Am I obstimistic? mmmmmmmmm, Cauciously



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