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Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry #188906
03/27/2019 10:13 PM
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South Sound Villa Virgin Gorda
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I have seen a post that the Roadtown Fast Ferry has discontinued service to/from STT indefinitely. That is all I know. Not good!!

Last edited by Eric_Hill; 03/31/2019 09:43 AM.

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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188907
03/27/2019 10:39 PM
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It may have something to do with ESTA where folks from the BVI MUST get permission to go to STT minimum of 72 hours before travel.


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188909
03/28/2019 07:16 AM
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Where was this info posted?

Edit: Never mind. I see it here. https://www.bestofbvi.com/info/bviferry_tortola_sttCA.htm
I sure hope this gets resolved by June. Our flight lands in STT at 3:05 on a sunday so I don't think we'd make the 3:30 ferry.

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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188910
03/28/2019 07:50 AM
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Chucky Hodge just posted on FB. They are waiting for parts from the mainland to fix a mechanical issue. Ilon time notwithstanding, it should be fixed by June, I would think.

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188911
03/28/2019 08:15 AM
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Terrific..leaving Sunday am for STT..hoping the others are picking up the slack.I've been trying to get an" accurate" ( yeah right) idea of morning ferries on Sunday but plan to get there by 8.30 and get the first one going..CA or Red Hook. Open to any info folks!

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188912
03/28/2019 08:15 AM
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Is Roadtown Fast Ferry using the new cats he bought for trips to/from STT?


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: Manpot] #188937
03/28/2019 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Manpot
Terrific..leaving Sunday am for STT..hoping the others are picking up the slack.I've been trying to get an" accurate" ( yeah right) idea of morning ferries on Sunday but plan to get there by 8.30 and get the first one going..CA or Red Hook. Open to any info folks!

On Tuesday it was already out of service and they delayed the 9:30 Native Son boat to 10:30 and all the RTFF passengers also go on that boat.

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188940
03/28/2019 12:31 PM
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Malcolm, you are missing the Bomba Charger, I can tell.

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188942
03/28/2019 12:55 PM
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Never thought I would..but "Oh Yeah"!

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188949
03/28/2019 02:59 PM
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I've just received a phone call to say that "service has been restored" on Road Town Fast Ferry.

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: Moglet] #188950
03/28/2019 03:29 PM
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Trudi..as always..thanks and nice job.

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188978
03/28/2019 07:21 PM
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Running, great. Does anyone know what happened to the new cats he received? Are they doing the STT run?


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188984
03/28/2019 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by tpcook
Running, great. Does anyone know what happened to the new cats he received? Are they doing the STT run?

I have not seen them doing the STT run yet.

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #188990
03/29/2019 05:30 AM
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As I understand it the new cats still have several months before they can make the STT run. They are not built in the US so the Jones act requires that they be a certain age before they can carry passengers between a US and foreign ports.


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: GlennA] #189007
03/29/2019 09:56 AM
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Talk about a law that should be repealed, the Jones Act!!! duh


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: GlennA] #189019
03/29/2019 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by GlennA
carry passengers between a US and foreign ports.


I thought Jones act only applied to foreign build vessel operation between US ports.
Like a foreign build vessel can not go direct from California to Hawaii w/o a stop at a foreign port in between.


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #189044
03/29/2019 12:32 PM
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I believe the USVI were exempted from the Jones Act in the 30's.


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: Fran] #189045
03/29/2019 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Fran
I believe the USVI were exempted from the Jones Act in the 30's.


You are correct Fran

Thanks to the Jones Act Exemption, the USVI is exempt from the Jones Act, a cabotage law which requires freight moving between U.S. ports to be carried on U.S. flag vessels.
Freight between U.S. ports (including Puerto Rico) and the USVI may also be carried on foreign flag vessels.


So what's the Fast Ferry issue?


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #189074
03/29/2019 02:43 PM
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RTFF posted the following which I found on the British Virgin Islands facebook feed....

"Please Note:
"Due to the diligent work of our mechanical team, Road Town Fast Ferry will resume normal services to STT tomorrow. Thanks for your cooperation and we apologize once again for any inconvenience caused."
RTFF"


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Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: tpcook] #189107
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Jones Act refers to FREIGHT - not passengers.

Passenger Vessel Services Act refers to Passengers.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/23/~/the-jones-act-%26-the-passenger-vessel-services-act

Re: Roadtown Fast Ferry suspends service to repair the Ferry [Re: jphart] #189119
03/30/2019 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by jphart
Jones Act refers to FREIGHT - not passengers.

Passenger Vessel Services Act refers to Passengers.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/23/~/the-jones-act-%26-the-passenger-vessel-services-act


True that, but since the Jones Act was being discussed I replied to that discussion.


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