According to the St. Lucia newspaper The Star, Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia’s minister of tourism and civil aviation, says ferry service across the island could launch this year. Chastanet told The Star, “I think a startup is imminent. It could be as soon as the first quarter of this year, most certainly by the second quarter, but I wouldn’t expect the summer to come and a fast ferry service not be in place.”
In 2007 the implementation of a fast ferry service across the islands was widely discussed but there were no solid movements in that direction in 2008. Chastanet recognized that fast ferry service was necessary to increase the numbers of Caribbean travelers and said things had been moving very quickly and there were several proposals circulating throughout the Caribbean, according to The Star.