New Inter-Island Ferry Unveiled

Image courtesy of Warren Mosler

A new passenger ferry to run between St. Croix and St. Thomas is in the works.  It will carry up to 49 passengers at a time.  The target fare is $50 for a one-way trek, which is estimated to take two hours.

The ferry is being built on St. Croix by Gold Coast Yachts in Salt River, who plan to commence construction this summer and estimate it to be complete by year-end.

This new ferry is being privately funded.  The vessel’s unique four hull design is meant to provide passengers a smooth crossing between the two islands, to minimize the chance of sea-sickness.  Air-conditioning will maximize passenger comfort.  Currently a 23-foot prototype of the design is being ocean-tested successfully.

11026291_1094441897237675_7071691956920982708_nCurrently, St. Croix residents are limited to flying to neighboring islands.  Sea plane service is the fastest option to St. Thomas available at this time, but is cost prohibitive for many people.  Right now, from St. Croix, many people fly to San Juan or Miami for additional travel options.

This new, inexpensive connection to St. Thomas opens opportunities to inexpensively fly or sail to many other Caribbean islands, like the British Virgin Islands.  St. Thomas also has direct flights to additional cities on the U.S. mainland, such as Boston.  Due to its increased tourism traffic (primarily from cruise ships) the island also offers more shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Ferry service between St. Croix and St. Thomas discontinued July 4, 2011, when the ferry run by VI SeaTrans crashed into St. James Cay.  The company, which was already in financial distress due to unpaid government subsidies, folded after the accident.  More information is available from Virgin Islands Daily News.

Check out this video for more information on the new ferry.

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