Travelers advised to adhere to ferry terminal regulations

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Roseau Ferry Terminal (file photo)Tourism Minister Senator Robert Tonge wants travellers to adhere to regulations implemented at the Roseau Ferry Terminal, especially with regards to the check-in and cut off times for departure.Senator Tonge told the Discover Dominica Authority’s ‘Talking Tourism’ radio program on Monday 17 August 2015, a large textile tent has been installed above the terminal to accommodate passengers awaiting the ferry service.“What happened in the past is that because the area was small, people would come in and then they would leave, they’d go and do their last minute shopping, or stay outside and when they see the ferry coming, that’s when all of them would rush back to the ferry terminal,” he explained.Senator Tonge said this new tent will eliminate the complaint regarding adequate space and urged travelers to adhere to the new rules to ensure efficiency at the terminal.“So persons have to begin to respect the closing times. When the gate is closed, it means even if you’ve checked in and you go, when you come back it means you may get kicked off the vessel so persons have to adhere to it,” Mr Tonge said.Chief executive officer of H. H. V. Whitchurch & Company Limited, Gairy Aird, the ferry’s agent, also reminded passengers that once they are checked in they cannot go out of the terminal as they will have to be re-checked by immigration/security officers.“If they do that, we’re supposed to close, I think half an hour before the vessel arrives, and if we do that, we’ve done our job, it means people go outside and go onto the road they come back in and there’s all that pressure on the immigration and the security, [at] the last minute and that is one of the major problems that we have,” Mr Aird explained. “So hopefully, as the Minister said there will be certain things put in place and I expect that the traveling public can do what they can to make it work,” he added.Mr Aird said what induces a vessel to call in Dominica is the efficiency of the port, which could be impacted when checked-in passengers go back outside.“If for example they leave half an hour late, yes they can get to Guadeloupe or Martinique on time but it means that they have to go much faster. If you go faster you’re going to burn more fuel and the attractiveness of Dominica as a port of entry is much less,” he informed.Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille indicated that their goal is to ensure that the ferry service is treated like at the airport.“We would want to ensure that the turnaround time, as it is called for the ship to come and then leave, is within the time frame set, I think somewhere in the region of 20 minutes, 25 minutes, sometimes we push ourselves depending on the number of passengers,” Mr Bardouille said.“Because it’s a chain reaction, if it’s late in Dominica, its late everywhere else and that same vessel have to turn around and come back later in the evening,” he added.center_img Tweet 358 Views   no discussions LifestyleLocalNewsTravel Travelers advised to adhere to ferry terminal regulations by: Dominica Vibes News – August 19, 2015last_img read more