What does Black History Month mean to you? As we ponder this question, we are forced to keep in mind the contributions of people of African descent across the diaspora or more particularly, in the Virgin Islands. We can easily remember names like:
For me, Black History Month means that we all have a responsibility to continue their legacy and remember their sacrifices. It also means that we have a responsibility to teach others of the contributions of those who came before. As it pertains to the famous Virgin Islanders. Here is a quiz. Can you answer these questions correctly? Can your kids?
As it pertains to Black History Month in general, here are some facts. Black History Month is half way over; but in truth, it never is. We can continue learning and growing because the contributions of people of African descent across the diaspora is a significant part of our daily lives, such as:
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Wishing you and your loved ones all the blessings of Christmas and the holiday season and peace and prosperity for the New Year.
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Those old fashioned telephone booths don't exist anymore, at least not in the Virgin Islands. But after the hurricanes, we sure wish they were on every street corner. Thank God for cell phone towers, even though they were on and off most days.
Well the dark ages are soon over; I know, I exaggerate. But the point I am making is that Love City Car Ferries, Inc office phone is functional again! Hip Hip Hooray!!!! Call us if you need us and even if you just want to say hi. If we don't answer, leave a message and we'll be happy to get back with you. 340-779-4000
Love City Car Ferries, Inc. thanks all customers, vendors, and supporters for partnering with us for the last 20 years. Our official anniversary date was August 7th but we are going to celebrate for the entire month of August. We look forward to continuing to offer residents and visitors of the United States Virgin Islands a safe, efficient, affordable, maritime experience where decisions are made with a heart for the people. Thanks for your continued patronage and may God bless us all!
St. John is a small beautiful island located in the Caribbean Sea. It is part of the United States Virgin Islands. When visiting St. John, you will arrive by passenger/car ferry. Below are some pics of the Enighed Pond port where the car ferries dock. However, once you offload where are you? Additional pics represented below will help you figure some of this out. Have fun on St. John and thanks for visiting this page.
PS. The uniformed personnel on the docks are usually employed by the Virgin Islands Port Authority or its agents. Car ferry services are paid on board the vessel only.
Happy Valentine's Day from our family to yours. No matter how busy we get, we ought to say a special thank you to that special someone in our lives. Hope your day is special and memorable. Remember that St. John is the island of love so feel free to visit soon and let us know if you need any assistance with your booking. Have a wonderful day!
Merry Christmas to One and All
This has been an eventful year in the car ferry industry in the United States Virgin Islands. We have had and continue to have our trials. Nevertheless, we are thankful and grateful to you our customers, vendors, and patrons.
We at Love City Car Ferries, Inc. continue to do what is necessary to serve you to the best of our ability. If we have fallen short, our sincerest apologies, it is never our intent to displease you in any way. As the year draws to a close, feel free to stay in contact with us by emailing, calling (340-779-4000), or sending us a message on social media. We can be found on Twitter @VICarFerry, Facebook, and Instagram. Let us know how we can help.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you for connecting with us. We appreciate you! You are awesome! You are the Best! We love you! God Bless.......
Labor Day marks the official end of summer. We, at Love City Ferries, Inc., hope you are having a restful day! Enjoy your day off.
"The end of labor is to gain leisure." — Aristotle
Happy Emancipation Day, July 3rd, and Independence Day, July 4th!
As we celebrate the emancipation of a people with the 1848 freedom of slaves in the #VirginIslands (then Danish West Indies) and the independence of our nation with the 1776 Declaration of Independence of the #USA, let us remember and continue to celebrate the sacrifices of the courageous individuals who fought on both fronts.
God bless the Virgin Islands and God bless the United States of America!
Inspection was Yesterday and the Capt Vic is back on the run today, Thursday, June 30, 2016
Yesterday was hectic for everyone, with M/V Capt. Vic having to go through its regularly scheduled annual United States Coast Guard Inspection. As a result, the vessel was down for most of the day. However we worked closely with the Coast Guard and thankfully the vessel is in full service today.
We understand that without the M/V Capt Vic, the congestion, especially in Red Hook was horrendous. Today is going to be different because both the M/V Capt Vic and the M/V Island Vic are operational and will be able to handle the flow of traffic.
Thanks for your understanding and see you on board.
Open Letter to all Customers
We apologize for any inconvenience you have/had experienced in your attempt to catch a car ferry between St. Thomas and St. John, Virgin Islands, wherein Love City Car Ferries, Inc via the M/V Capt Vic and M/V Island Vic were your service provider. We are doing our utmost to accommodate everyone. However many times this week we were the only car ferry service in operation and at such times the lines were long which resulted in frustration, especially when someone was allowed to jump the line.
Before delving into the issue of jumping the line, please keep the following in mind when catching a car ferry during times of high congestion:
While we are here to accommodate everyone, please keep the following in mind:
Hence, if you are in the line and someone jumps the line in front of you, please know that we do not value them more than you. Instead there are other factors that demand us to allow said customer to take priority.
During this time of increase congestion on the dock, we are continually reminded of our motto “A Heart for the People.” As it guides us, we hope it will guide our customers, as well, in knowing that we appreciate each and every one of you and that we will do our utmost to ensure that we serve everyone to the best of our ability.
Love Conquers All
We are all saddened by the senseless acts of terror and violence that has besieged our country and the world. The events in #Orlando are beyond catastrophic. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. Let us continue to pray for peace via the strongest force in the world - LOVE.
President's Day is a day to celebrate all US Presidents past and present. It was first celebrated nationally in 1885. Though it was celebrated as Washington's Birthday beginning 1800 a year after George Washington's death in 1799. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are still seen as the most well recognized Presidents.
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Post by Hadiya Sewer
My internet connection is incredibly poor and my computer recently crashed. Therefore, I often travel to my parents’ office at Love City Car Ferries to work on my dissertation in the morning. I am in the office by 6 am. Though I try to focus on my academic work, I often find myself answering phone calls, running payroll, and performing other administrative tasks for the company.
My parents started this business with a great deal of grit. My father saved money that he earned as a sanitation engineer and my mother worked at the company while she was still in graduate school. Like many local Virgin Islanders, they had to use a plot of their forefather’s land as collateral. I spent a great deal of my childhood learning the ins and outs of the car ferry business. In junior high and high school, I woke up at 4 am to work as a cashier on the 6 am trip to St. Thomas before heading to school for 8 am. After school, I’d work as an administrative assistant in the office. I woke up early on many weekends to work with my father on the barge.
In our family, Love City Car Ferries is a labor of love. Our vessels, the Motor Vessel Captain Vic and the Motor Vessel Island Vic, are named after my great-grandfather, Victor William Sewer. Sea faring is in my blood. If you click the above link, you will see that Captain Vic played a pivotal role in the development of the marine industry on St. John. His father, Lancelot Sewer, was a sailor back in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and he sewed (needle and thread) the sails of sailing ships, hence our name Sew-er. Our family lineage can easily be traced back to the East End of the island, an area well known for a tight knit community of “creole people” who made their living on the ocean for many generations. We run this company to honor our ancestors and keep our heritage alive. We do it to provide a service for our community. We do it to make a living.
Nevertheless, local car ferry owners in the St. Thomas – St. John district face a great deal of challenges. These companies and the families that run them are in a precarious position. The island is undergoing a rapid gentrification process and local businesses help to safeguard local capital. Many of our ancestors have been on island for well over 250 years if not longer. These companies allow us to survive the ever increasing land taxes, the food dessert, the predatory lending practices, the downside of a colonial administration, and the like. They give us hope in the possibility of a stabler tomorrow.
Since returning home, I have heard many customers complain about the car ferry services. Some people note that the barges are too late. Others are upset when we cannot wait for them. Customers get angry when they can’t get a non-refundable ticket refunded. Customers are frustrated when the barge is full and they get left behind on the dock. Many more are disgruntled when they believe that another customer was allowed to cut the line and board the vessel before them. Some believe that the company has lost a love and compassion centered approach. Few people call us to ask a question before voicing their frustrations to the public.
We take love, compassion, and our customers concerns very seriously. At Love City Car Ferries, we do our best to balance the needs of our customers with economic survival. We leave on time whenever feasible. We try to wait for late customers if their situation is dire and the wait time is within reason. A great deal of complaints emerge from misunderstandings. Examples: We never let customers cut the line arbitrarily. We take reservations and we have a Sea Miles Club; these customers are guaranteed a spot on the vessel or given preferential boarding, respectively. At times, the barge is late for reasons outside of the captain’s control- high traffic on the dock, refueling, light maintenance, and waiting for a customer who really needs to catch a plane or get to a funeral. Other times, we want to wait for a customer but we can’t. We get fined for being excessively late. If we wait too late, we are also increasing traffic on the other side.
Since the car ferries are a lifeline between the islands, we understand why our customers get frustrated when things don’t go as planned. However, we ask that you have a bit of compassion with us as well. We are not a large corporation. We are a small family run business and we’re just human.
If you have not noticed, many of the car ferry companies in the area are facing steep financial struggles.
While the vessels appear full, the profits are not high. 80-90% of our charge customers do not pay their invoices on time. We provide our employees with a fair wage, health care insurance, and a 401k plan. Unfortunately, When you couple all of the above with vessel insurance, vessel mortgate, maintenance costs, fuel costs, Port Authority fees, and the like, these companies are barely staying afloat.
Our compassion centered business model is crippling us financially. We allow our customers to ride the vessel even when they haven’t paid for previous services because we understand that things can be hard and we know that people need to be able to travel between the islands. We try to keep the costs as low as we can because we know that moving between St. Thomas and St. John shouldn’t be a luxury. For those who are from St. John, the ability to cross Pillsbury Sound is a necessity.
In short, it’s a bit painful to hear people speak so negatively of the various car ferry companies’ owners. I have academic theories that lead me to believe that there is this way in which many pathologize local entrepreneurs in the Caribbean. Quite frankly, it’s not fair. When I wake up in the morning and head to the office at 6 am, both of my parents are already working. With a few exceptions, they work from 5 am to 8 pm seven days a week to keep their customers happy. I don’t know how Love City Car Ferries or any of the other car ferry companies are going to survive with customers who, for whatever reason, do not pay invoices in a timely manner and others who see us as a heartless corporation rather than a small family business.
Several local businesses have gone out of business over the years. Some of us look back on the days when they were open with a sense of nostalgia. Others write a history that suggests that these companies never existed. Yet, it’s important for us to remember that some local businesses still exist and these companies need our help to survive.