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New ferry terminal is now open



Ribbon-CuttingBasseterre, St. Kitts, 7th December, 2017 ( - Passengers going to Nevis by ferry now can have an enhanced quality experience following the opening of the new Basseterre Ferry Terminal, on 6th December, 2017.


In the presence of Governor General Sir Tapley Seaton, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris and Premier Vance Amory, Minister of Transport Ian Patches Liburd said the new terminal provides for significantly enhanced travel experiences for both residents and visitors.


The original open-air ferry terminal had critical defects caused by corrosion. As a result the decision was made to demolish the structure and replace it with a new building specially designed for passenger flow.


Presenting the featured address, Minister Liburd said the ferry services have been of great social and economic benefit for the two islands


He said, “The ferries between the islands continue to enhance inter-island connectivity, providing several return services to and from St. Kitts. The ferries continue to deliver additional passenger numbers to both islands, resulting in an increased impact due to additional spending. It also contributes to social, cultural and sporting links between both islands.”


The new structure includes a ticket booth, a security office, washroom facilities, seating for over 70 persons, ramp access, air conditioning, a waste water treatment plant, an X-ray machine for examining passenger luggage, body scanner and metal detector.


The building will be under the control of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA). According to a SCASPA official, the building has a concrete roof that would facilitate the construction of upper floor offices. Meanwhile, one outstanding matter relates to the installation of a 75 watt generator, which is now on-island.


Minister Liburd said much attention has been placed on security at the terminal.


“We want to ensure that there is a quality experience at the start of the journey. As you wait on your chosen ferry, you will wait in comfort and safety. This new ferry terminal is nothing short of impressive. It is passenger focused or people centred,” Liburd stated.


He confirmed that the operation at the ferry terminal will be done according to accepted international safety standards.


Liburd continued, “The safety of lives at sea is of paramount importance to the Team Unity Administration and the Ministry of Transport. The Ministry, through its Department of Maritime Affairs ensures that minimum standards are followed. The terminal is designed and built to provide the best in modern security.”


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