It looks like the long-awaited new passenger ferries have finally arrived on the island.
The two ferries were built at Midship Marine in Harvey, Louisiana. and cost more than $3.5 million each, according to the St. John Source. “Gov. John deJongh Jr.’s administration secured $3 million from the American Recovery and Rehabilitation Act funds, approximately $2.7 million in Ferryboat Discretionary funding the territory has accumulated through the years, and about $2.1 million from the Department of Public Works’ regular funding from the Federal Highway Administration,” the paper reported.
The territory’s two ferry companies will lease the new vessels, which are expected to improve service between Cruz Bay and Red Hook.