New ferries are impressive with their timing and service
I had the time recently to travel with one of the two new ferries that currently ply the waters of the Parika to Good Hope route. In fact I was curious, but at the end of my journey I did not regret the refreshing experience, even though I was not a fan of such mode of transportation because of their apparent time consumption due to their size. However I was indeed surprised and impressed with the service and the time that it took.
My first impression was the promptness in which the ferry had disembarked for its destination – and in this case it was exactly at 12:00pm as scheduled. Prior to this there were signals and clear instructions indicating that the ferry was about to leave, thus alerting lingering passengers to be prepared to get on board.
Once inside the ferry I began an inspection and it was first class in terms of cleanliness, sanitized washrooms, seating accommodation and a very relaxing atmosphere. The workforce seems to be well trained and they have a professional outlook. It took the ferry approximately one and a half hour to meet its destination, which is a very improved and satisfactory time, considering that the older ferries would have laboriously taken twice the time in less hygienic conditions.
This is a significant improvement, especially for the lives of Essequibians. Therefore, the Government must be applauded for this investment. It is indeed very costly to maintain such modern transport, and as such I would appeal to commuters to support this venture since it is safer, reliable and has the capacity to accommodate in the hundreds.
The economic spill-off will also be greater, as businesses with vehicles as well as entrepreneurs can do business and return home within the very day. However, while I will be keen to use the ferry more often, the challenge remains that their effectiveness will rely on the tides, and therefore in some cases there is not a definitive schedule for their daily operation.
I hope that this situation can improve in the near future and that public advertisement will encourage the use of the ferries with much pleasure and satisfaction. The cost as well is quite minimal in comparison to the speed boats, which at times have to traverse very rough waters.
Given the promptness in service, less time and the alleviation of the fear factor to use smaller boats, the new ferries are a welcome and much needed service for those that depend on the water transport within the confines of the Essequibo River.