Finally! Temporary Solution To W/E Port Crisis

BVI Platinum News | 9 Comments
July 12, 2018 8:48 am AST
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In what appears to have been a last minute rush following mounting criticisms, government has found a temporary solution to the West End Ferry Terminal crisis at Sopher's Hole.

When BVI Platinum News visited the area yesterday, July 11, a 20-foot container, which is expected to house Customs, was placed at the location. The makeshift tent operation was still in operation.

This comes a day after Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith promised that a facility will be on site by yesterday.

Premier Smith, who made the comment in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 10, also said that it will be operational by mid-next week.

Dr. Smith’s promise and the placement of the container also come two weeks after Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Minister of Communications and Works, said that he could not provide a date as to when the port facility will be operational.

Minister Vanterpool had indicated on June 28 in the House of Assembly that the facility which they brought in would not be able to withstand the wind during this hurricane season.

The issue was raised once again on Tuesday by Opposition Leader and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie, who said that taxi men and the business community continue to suffer as ferries from St. Thomas and other places outside the BVI are unable to resume operations.

“I am asking the Premier when he stands up, to tell the people of this Territory that starting now, he will give the instructions to the Ministry of Communications and Works to open that port next week and clear the road,” Hon. Fahie said in the House of Assembly.

In response, Premier Smith said, “I will say to him, as I understand it, tomorrow [Wednesday] there will be a facility being provided at West End to improve the situation at the port and it will be operational by mid-week, certainly next week.”

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Government came in for criticisms over its lackluster approach to address the issue at West End, where Customs and other staff are forced to work under inhumane conditions under a makeshift tent.

Hon. Fahie has been pushing and calling on government to find a temporary solution, and has even gone as far as to link officials with an individual, who was willing to provide, free of cost, a fully retrofitted trailer. Government would only have to pay for shipping.

In the House of Assembly, Premier Smith also agreed that Hon. Fahie had made suggestions to address the issue.
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Ausar
Not impressed! I think SOS-storage on site- located in the USVI could have done a better job!
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Yes, I Said It!
West End needs a PERMANENT SOLUTION. West End needed a new dock and terminal building for more than a decade now. What used to be there before Irma was a temporary building to begin with! The temporary solution to West End Ferry Dock (and Road Town Ferry Dock) is the Tender Dock at the Pier Park. Use it. And in the meanwhile get the permanent solution for West End going. Small minded NDP looking for temporary solutions, and small minded VIP asking for temporary solutions. Somebody tell Andrew that as the hopeful leader of the VI he needs to take up the larger concerns of the greater People. Please ask about the design for the new West End Ferry Dock and Terminal Building. Also, the country is in crisis, so why is he going on and on about taxi-men? The country needs a proper port of entry, and that is for everyone, not just the taxi-men.
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Ndp
PROGRESS
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Albion
Real classy.
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Finally
This should have been done months ago.....
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Concern-Citizen
Why they did not try to rent the building that was Zelma"s Restaurant?They could have retrofit it as a temporary solution.
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Hmm
Madness!!! All the workers the govt allowing to come thru, y'all can't get some to build the port!? Y'all crazy! Imagine getting off the ferry and have to line up at a trailer to b cleared by customs and immigration! So the structure you guys ordered to solve the problem Can t withstand hurricane winds...why order it in the first place? To last a year? When the money could have been put to better use!?? This is embarrassing!
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1st District Resident
Bull s**t. This makes no dam sense. For a country that pushes tourism as one of its main sources of revenue this is the only solution we came up with after 9 months. Doctors, eye specalist, realitor, engeneer, lawyer, banker, educator, architect.....a very diverse government we have and this the piss you offer people.
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WELL SAH
THAT HAD TO TAKE 10 MONTHS ????
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