Here’s the best advice I have given in a long time: If you can avoid taking the car barge, do it. I had the misfortune of sitting at Red Hook waiting for the car barge to take me back to St. John for a few hours yesterday, and let me tell you, it wasn’t fun. And I was one of the lucky ones. I’ve heard stories about people waiting for four, five and even six hours. It’s awful.
(So you’re probably wondering why I was taking the car barge when I am advising people to avoid it? Well Charlie, my fantastic ACC rescue extraordinaire and I took a little vacation to America for the long holiday weekend, and the majority of the taxi drivers in Red Hook will not transport a dog to the airport. So I was stuck car barging it unfortunately.)
So here’s what’s causing this… The Mister B., our largest barge, was seized back in January, and it’s been sitting in Cruz Bay ever since. The Captain Vic keeps failing its US Coast Guard inspection. I actually witnessed that firsthand Wednesday afternoon. Apparently there is some sort of pump issue. So that barge is sitting in Red Hook. That leaves us with the Island Vic, the smallest of the three barges. The workers are doing their darnedest to keep up, but one barge is simply not enough.
Think about it… We have to get food to St. John. We have to get supplies to St. John. Workers go back and forth between the two islands each day. St. Johnians go to St. Thomas to shop for things we can’t get here on island. People need to go to doctor’s appointments. We have tourists who prefer to rent cars on St. Thomas and drive them to St. John. The list goes on and on. And we only have one small barge to handle all of this? It simply is not enough.
I have to say, the workers have been doing a phenomenal job. They worked until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning from what I hear. And the way they are able to load these barges – it’s simply amazing. So kudos to all of you who are working tirelessly to help us. I appreciate you, that’s for sure.
So you’re probably wondering what the latest is with the Mister B? Well according to court records, Revere High Yield Fund (the hedge fund people that Boyson, Inc. failed to pay, which subsequently prompted the Mister B’s seizure) is pretty much begging the court to sell the Mister B. Boyson, Inc. has stopped responding to Revere and the Court it seems; however the Court has yet to set a sale date. So we’re basically at a standstill here. And do you know how much it has cost for the Mister B. to sit there thus far? More than $204,000!!! Unbelievable.
So again, if you are able to avoid the car barge, do it for your own sanity. If you’re visiting our island in the near future and rented a car on St. Thomas, I highly recommend canceling and renting here on St. John if you are able to.
We’ll keep you posted on the latest with the barge situation…
11am update: We hear the Captain Vic is running!!