Michael Chastanet, one of Saint Lucia’s leading businessmen, has given the thumbs down to proposals for a regional ferry service.
Chastanet was responding to a question from a caller to the DBS Television programme – TALK, with host, Rick Wayne.
The caller wanted to know the businessman’s thoughts on the creation of a ferry service given reliability issues with the regional airline, LIAT.
“I don’t think a ferry service is viable and I will tell you why; because between Martinique and Saint Lucia is short but the seas to Barbados St Vincent are far too rough,” Chastanet said.
The businessman added:
“I think what would be great is a small four to five hundred ton vessel with containers to move vegetables around and it can move a few people like the hucksters.”
Chastanet noted that the current ferry service between Martinique and Saint Lucia does extremely well because it is a short haul.
He proposed that people could use a boat to move their produce, and fly to their destination.