Canawaima Ferry Service seeks to boost travel
The Canawaima Ferry Service which transports passengers from Moleson Creek across the border to Suriname is looking to boost passenger travel.
Over the years, the service has faced competition from “back-trackers” who prefer to go the illegal route, and faster.
For the second time this year, the Service has launched a promotion designed to attract travelers to and from Suriname.
Terminal Manager, Louise Williams, told Kaieteur News yesterday that the Canawaima Ferry Service is offering a 25 percent discount on the fare, which is usually US$15 or $3,000 in local currency. However, the discount only applies to groups of 15 and more.
Williams refused to speculate on whether the Ferry Service has been seeing a decreasing number of passengers, and hence the promotion. She said the promotion is on offer much the same, as airlines would offer promotions for travel.
According to Williams, on any given month between 1,500 and 2,000 passengers use the Service. In October last year, six persons died after the boat in which they were traveling to make the illegally crossing to Suriname capsized in the Corentyne River.
Minister of Transport and Hydraulics, Robeson Benn, then warned against using this form of travel, stating that “regulated safe crossings” of the Corentyne River are provided by the Canawaima Ferry Service.
The Canawaima Ferry Service, a US$20M project funded by the European Union, began operations on November 1, 1998.