BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Monday December 11, 2017 – Thousands of commuters between St. Kitts and Nevis will have an improved experience at the start of their journeys with the official opening of the Basseterre Ferry Terminal last Wednesday.
The completion date of the project was delayed several times as a result of multiple challenges, including the passage of two major hurricanes. But Facilities Manager at the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), Mervin James, says now that it is open for public use, the facility offers a variety of amenities.
“The structure standing before us [has] a seating capacity of about 75 passengers, two washroom facilities…[which are] also equipped with an automatic hand soap dispenser; an automatic flushing system, a fully air-conditioned ticket booth, wheelchair ramps, monitor-displayed ferry terminal schedule and advertisements, walk-through metal detectors, x-ray machines and, of course, as mentioned before, a waste water treatment plant,” he said.
James explained that as work progressed on the facility, it was agreed that the building would have a concrete roof to allow for further expansion to accommodate office spaces. He added that there was a 75-watt generator still to be installed and that SCASPA was embarking on providing 24-hour security surveillance at the terminal.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, Posts, Urban Development and Transport Ian Liburd said he was pleased with the facility and noted the importance of the ferry service in St Kitts and Nevis.
“Imagine what travel between St Kitts and Nevis would have been like without these sort of operations, because this provides a link, a critical link, I should add, in inter-island transportation structure, which serves more than 140,000 passengers annually,” Liburd said.