Road Town Fast Ferry Begins Cargo Trips to BVI

VIPA Director Carlton Dowe in 2016 file photo)
VIPA Director Carlton Dowe in 2016 file photo)

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) has approved a request from Road Town Fast Ferry to transport cargo from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI), starting Saturday, May 9.  Road Town Fast Ferry will make cargo-only trips between St. Thomas and Tortola on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  The request was granted after consultation and written approval was provided by the BVI Government, according to VIPA Executive Director Carlton Dowe.

The ferry will clear customs in Cruz Bay, St. John, and it will arrive at the Edward W. Blyden IV Marine Terminal at 9:30 a.m. on St. Thomas to pick up cargo and supplies.  The cargo shipments will be pre-arranged and delivered to the ferry for pickup.  The captain and crew on the ferry will not disembark in St. Thomas, and there will be no passengers allowed on the vessel as the BVI’s borders are still closed to travelers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ferry will depart for Tortola at 11 a.m.

For more information, the public may call Road Town Fast Ferry directly at (284) 340-3976 or visit its website at