The MV Jaden Sun ferry that services Montserrat, on Wednesday February 27th, successfully docked at Port Plymouth, in Zone V, during a test run exercise.
The test run, according to Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA), Astrid Wade, was to test the agency’s contingency plan for the docking of the ferry in the event of rough seas at Little Bay during Montserrat’s hosting of the 2019 St Patrick’s Festival in March. A disembarkation and embarkation gangway was placed on the ferry to test the safe exit of passengers getting on and off the ferry.
Wade further stated that the docking exercise also carried out putting fenders on the jetty to mitigate against any damage to the MV Jaden Sun.
The exercise which was led by the DMCA involved several key agencies on island, namely the Montserrat Port Authority, Royal Montserrat Police Service, Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB), Access Division, Montserrat Customs and Revenue Service (MCRS) and Integrated Border Security (IBS).