Emergency ferry dock for Montserrat on Antigua
The emergency ferry docking facility was handed over this week at a ceremony attended by officials of Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat and representatives of the EU.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Wednesday November 2, 2011 – A new ferry dock, valued at EC$3.4 million, has been set up on Antigua to transport Montserratians and relief supplies in the event of another volcanic eruption at Soufriere.
The emergency facility, which is located in downtown St. John’s, was handed over to authorities this week after eight months of construction.
Montserrat’s Premier, Reuben Meade, and Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Valeriano Diaz, were among those in attendance.
Officials said the dock would be used for commercial activities, in the meantime.
The EU representative has said the facility was conceptualized following volcanic eruptions that began in 1995 in the neighbouring island located 30 miles from Antigua.