Regular Ferry Service between Montserrat and Antigua Returns
The Government of Montserrat is pleased to announce the return of a permanent ferry service between Antigua and Montserrat from December 2nd, 2009. The MV Deluxe out of Anguilla will provide short term ferry service during the December period. The schedule for the MV deluxe commences on Wednesday December 02, 2009 with service Friday and Saturday for that first week and Mondays to Saturdays thereafter to December 31, 2009. The expected departure from Montserrat on the MV Deluxe is 7:30 a.m. arriving in Antigua 8:45 a.m. and departing from Antigua approximately 5:30 p.m. arriving in Montserrat 6:45 p.m.
The ferry the MV Fjortof (photo below) will be partially owned by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda and the Government of Montserrat and operated by Twin Island Ferries Services Ltd (TIFS). It will offer service all year round commencing in the latter half of December and will provide Montserrat with two (2) daily return trips on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (see Proposed Ferry Schedule below). On the other days the ferry will be servicing the Antigua to Barbuda route. However, additional sailings to Montserrat will be arranged as required for special events and other peak traffic periods.
Docking in Antigua for both ferry services will be at the Nevis Street Ferry Terminal which is next to Heritage Quay ferry and cruise terminal. Both ferries are each capable of accommodating at least 100 persons comfortably, as well as light cargo and passenger baggage.
The fares for the ferry service will be EC$150.00 for a one-way-trip (EC$300.00 for a return trip).
Special day trip packages utilising the ferry will also be available through day tour operators based in Antigua and Montserrat.
The Government of Montserrat is thankful to the Department for International Development (DFID) for its role in making the return of the ferry service possible through the provision of additional budgetary support.
PROPOSED FERRY SCHEDULE
|Wednesday||8.30 am||9.45 am||3.15 pm||4.30 pm||5.00 pm||6.15 pm||7.00 pm||8.15 pm|
|Friday||7.00 am||8.15 am||9.00 am||10.15 am||6.30 pm||7.45 pm||Overnight|
|Saturday||6.00 am||7.15 am||8.00 am||9.15 am||10.00 am||11.15 am|