The Office of the Premier on Monday announced that ferry services will resume on Friday, December 2.
A release from the office stated that the “On Monday 21st, November, the Government of Montserrat entered into a contract with Jaden Inc. of St. Vincent and the Grenadines owners of the vessel, Jaden Sun.
“Jaden Sun is registered in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and captained by Elvis Gooding. The crew is provided by Jaden Inc.; however, the vessel commits to employ and train Montserrat nationals whenever possible.
“The vessel, will operate up to six days weekly with services to and from Montserrat to Antigua. A detailed travel schedule will soon be released.
“The Jaden Sun with a passenger capacity of 218 will begin operation on December 2nd, 2016 and will also provide luggage and small cargo services. It will be based at Port Little Bay, Montserrat, with additional accommodation to dock at the Old Plymouth Jetty as required.”
Montserrat has been without a ferry service since April 2016 when the contract with Caribe Sun was not renewed. The Department for International Development (DfiD) took over procurement of the ferry after previous attempts by the Office of the Premier to negotiate a new service provider were unsuccessful.
“Accommodation for additional ports of call will be made and will include countries such as; Nevis, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe and St. Maarten.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Round Trip Adults – EC $300
Round Trip Children under 12 years – EC $150
Round Trip 0 – 2 years – EC $50
The official contract signing will take place on Thursday November, 24th 2016 followed by a brief press conference.”