Caribbean: A Ferry Between the Islands? Two to Set Sail Soon

Ferry Between the Islands? Two Soon to Set Sail

  AUGUST 4, 2016

ferryTHE DREAM JET EXPRESS IS ONE OF TWO FERRIES THAT THE CARIBBEAN FERRY SERVICE SAYS SHOULD BE ON THE SEAS BY YEAR-END. (PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONNEWS.COM)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday August 4, 2016 – A long-awaited passenger ferry service linking some islands of the Caribbean could be setting sail by year-end. But wait, it may not be the only one.

While the Barbados-registered Caribbean Ferry Service is in the process of finalizing paperwork to operate two vessels, another effort is being made to get a double decker ferry with a capacity of 350 to travel within the southern Caribbean.

According to the Nation newspaper in Barbados, Caribbean Ferry Service will operate The Dream Jet Express and The Opal Jet Express, for travel and cargo.  

It says the service will be initially accessible to travellers in Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia and other islands would eventually be added to the itinerary.

Chief executive officer Randy Connor said the vessels will have two homeports: St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados.

Meantime, over in Dominica, Captain Neville Wade who has been in the shipping business for over 50 years, told a local television station that he’s hoping to have his ferry operational by this month.

“I know that we are not going to get 350 people one time between the islands. Maybe we can get 250. I hope the ferry works well and I hope we can get a second ferry and connect to Tortola, to Trinidad, on a daily basis. We will begin with a once weekly movement because we believe the travellers can go from St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada and Trinidad in one day,” he said.

Former Minister of Tourism, Ian Douglas, has applauded Wade’s initiative. He described it as an important step towards expanding travel options within the Caribbean.

“The Government and the Ministry of Tourism have been trying to boost arrivals into Dominica because that is one of the ways of getting tourists into your country – to have more avenues to bring them in. The Government has been working with LIAT and we have invested $8 million.

“We have been working with WINAIR, we have worked with Seaborne, all in an effort to try to boost our arrivals so that we can fill the hotel rooms that we have. Mr Wade has been listening to that discussion and has decided to invest in a ferry so that he could assist in bringing more persons into the destination and we are very happy for that,” Douglas said.

Source: http://www.caribbean360.com/travel/fancy-ferry-islands-

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Comments

  • Rose  On August 6, 2016 at 12:12 am

    How many times have we heard this before? I’m not holding my breath simply because this has always been a political issue and the fly in the ointment, namely LIAT.

  • demerwater  On August 6, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Deja vu; albeit a long time ago.
    http://www.shipstamps.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8187

  • walter  On August 6, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Long Overdue

  • Crommie  On August 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Hope this works. The region needs this, though it is quite expensive to operate and may put the small schooner operators out of business. These smaller operators have moved our fruit and veggies between islands for over a hundred years.

  • walter  On August 8, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I was thinking a hovercraft like the one on English channel, geared mainly to passenger services, there would still require cargo movement, for smaller operators

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