Fast ferry makes test run to Block Island

NBC 10 was on board the Ava Pearl on Tuesday morning as it traveled from Quonset Point to Block Island.

The fast ferry did not carry passengers Tuesday, only crew members and NBC 10 were on board the ship, as it made a test run to Old Harbor, Block Island from North Kingstown.

Rhode Island Fast Ferry has applied for approval with the Public Utilities Commission. It is expected to have a hearing later this summer.

Currently, Rhode Island Fast Ferry only offers services to Martha's Vineyard. The company's owner says demand for ferry service to Block Island is high.

The owners of Block Island Ferry, however, say they'll be petitioning the PUC to deny the request for this service, saying it's unfair. Especially if Rhode Island Fast Ferry isn't required to run service year round like Block Island Ferry is required to do.

"If this is allowed to go forward it will affect, adversely, our services for years to come," said Chris Meyers of Block Island Ferry.

The PUC will help set prices for the 30-mile round trip excursion, which is expected to take about 55 minutes.

Rates for the ferry going to Martha's Vineyard are $79. But the owner of Fast Ferry told NBC 10 the Block Island roundtrip will be closer to $50. However, that will depend upon approval from the PUC which will help set those prices.

Service could start as early as next summer.