Back in September, we told you how the government was looking to bring back ferry service between St. Thomas and St. Croix. Well it seems that a prominent businessman from St. Croix has taken matters into his own hands and is about to launch a new ferry service himself.
Warren Mosler, a well known businessman who ran for public office three times, has spent nearly $2 million of his own money to create the QE4, a new vessel that’s expected to begin ferrying passengers between the two island in mid-June. According to the VI Consortium, the ferryboat is capable of holding up to 90 passengers, however they plan to install only 52 seats inside and a few outside. The QE4 will get passengers between islands in about one-and-a-half to two hours, traveling at 22 knots per hour.
According to the VI Consortium, “The ferryboat is a concept that Mr. Mosler himself is excited to see work. Mr. Difede called it a “crazy but cool” concept, and credited Mr. Mosler’s love for the Virgin Islands that would cause him to expend near $2 million to build the QE4 in an attempt to facilitate cheaper travel between the islands.”
Tickets will cost $50 each way, which is far cheaper than the current airfare prices. A test run is expected to take place by the end of the month, and the ferry should be ready by mid-June provided its passes its Coast Guard inspection.