A dock at Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke is seen from a taxi in February, when the Dog Hole ferry terminal was scheduled to open for occupancy. The delayed project is now set to be completed July 31. (Photo: DANA KAMPA)

Visitors to and from Jost Van Dyke should soon be able to travel in greater comfort with the anticipated opening of the Dog Hole ferry terminal by July 31.

“The BVI Ports Authority is making every effort to complete the project,” Premier Andrew Fahie said in response to opposition member Mitch Turnbull during a question-and-answer session June 19 in the House of Assembly.

Virgin Gorda contractor Kendrick Chinnery headed the project. The estimated cost of the terminal was $216,000, with $128,270 spent so far.

Mr. Turnbull questioned why it has taken so long to finish work on the terminal considering the need for it was identified as early as May 2019, and the aim was to finish it by December 2019. The premier said the delay was partially due to the pandemic.

“With every project, sometimes there is a little delay,” Mr. Fahie said.

The anticipated completion date was pushed to February, and it was then further delayed by coronavirus-related shutdowns, he said.