The Block Island Times

High-speed ferry trial run from Quonset on July 9

By Stephanie Turaj | Jul 08, 2013

Early in the morning on Tuesday, July 9, Rhode Island Fast Ferry will test its new potential service from Quonset Point to Block Island, ferry owner Charles A. Donadio, Jr. told The Block Island Times.

The boat will not carry passengers — only crew members — from Block Island and Quonset Point, in North Kingstown, R.I.

The Ava Pearl, owned by Rhode Island Fast Ferry, will depart Quonset at about 6:15 a.m. and enter Block Island's Old Harbor between 7 and 7:15 a.m. It will not dock on the island, but will turn around in the harbor.

The purpose of the trip, said Donadio, is to test how much fuel a run between these two locations will take. In addition, the trip will test the logistics of running the route.

Rhode Island Fast Ferry, a company that runs high-speed ferries from Quonset Point, R.I. to Martha's Vineyard, has applied with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to operate a new high-speed service between Quonset and Block Island.

This announcement was made in press release issued by the company on Wednesday, July 3.

If approved by the PUC, the ferry service would operate between two and four round-trips per day, according to the press release. The 30-mile trip would take approximately 45 to 50 minutes, and the ferry terminal in Quonset already has the infrastructure in place to dock the ferry.

If the license is granted, Donadio said that the company hopes to build a new high-speed ferry for this service as early as next year, but may use one of its existing high-speed ferries instead.

For more details, please see Friday's edition of The Block Island Times.

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