Currently only the Blue and Pink Routes are running. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1: Government said it understand the public's "level of frustration" over the level of information with regard to ferry service and is hopeful full service will return on Monday, October 4.
Francis Richardson, the director of marine and Ports, thanked the public for their continued patience while the ferry service isn't running at 100 per cent.
He also offered his apologies to those members of the public who have been adversely affected by the suspension of ferry service, and advised that the Department is working “around the clock” to ensure that full service resumes on Monday, October 4.
Meanwhile, Mr. Richardson confirmed today that following a union meeting this past Tuesday to address outstanding ferry maintenance issues, workers decided to down tools, as they believed their grievances were not being adequately addressed.
However, according to Mr. Richardson, over the course of the past two days “substantial progress has been made with regard to the outstanding maintenance issues and discussions with the Union have progressed well”.
Marine and Ports technical and operational staff are working collectively to accelerate the repair schedule to ensure that the ferries are returned to service as soon as possible.
As a reminder, as of Wednesday afternoon, the Paget/Warwick ferry service resumed service to the public, and just this morning the Blue Route returned to normal operations.
The Blue Route includes commuter service to Cavello Bay, Watford Bridge and Dockyard.
Finally, Mr. Richardson said he can appreciate the public’s “level of frustration” at the lack of information regarding the current situation. And he said that the Department would actively endeavor to keep the public fully abreast of further developments, particularly when all ferry commuter service resumes.