– Manager says service regulated to suit passenger flow
The Management of the Guyana / Suriname Ferry service has announced that the M.V Canawaima will sail once daily or as traffic warrants between the two territories effective from today, April 25, 2016.
This is as a result of a decrease in the volume of traffic between the two countries. However it is expected to pick up back in the coming weeks as Guyana prepares to celebrate its 50th independence anniversary.
The M.V Canawaima’s regular schedule is a twice daily trip between the two countries. The ferry will depart both the Moleson Creek and South Drain Terminals at 11:00 hours on alternate days.
However, Terminal Manger of the Canawaima Ferry Service Incorporated, Louise Williams explained that the service has been regulated to operate according to the passenger flow.
According to Williams, the service is scheduled to function based on seasons of decline and increase in the passenger traffic. She noted that since the traffic is seasonal, the company has to make adjustments to its scheduling operations.
Williams said that peak seasons for travels via the Guyana /Suriname Ferry Service are usually during the Easter, August and Christmas vacation periods. The Terminal Manger further noted that the increase flow of Guyanese and Surinamese passengers is almost identical in numbers at the peak seasons.
Additionally Williams said, the Company is anticipating a peak in passenger traffic for Guyana‘s 50th Anniversary celebration.
Last year, Williams had projected that there will be an increase in the number of passengers utilizing the ferry service in 2016.
She had reported that last year the total number of passengers moved by the MV Canawaima amounted to 120,000, a decrease of 8.8 percent in comparison to 2014, when the company recorded 132,000 passengers utilizing the service.
She noted also that there was a 2.5 percent decrease in the amount of vehicles transported by the Canawaima in 2015.
The Company had also outlined that a number of marketing strategies are in the pipeline to boost the output of the vessel.
The Canawaima Ferry Service was established since 1998 to connect travelers en route from Moleson Creek- 10km south of Corriverton- to the South Drain in Suriname. It is the only legal marine travel connection between the two countries.
The transport vessel has become an essential partner in trade or tourism.
The Guyana/Suriname ferry service plays an integral role in attracting tourists from the Dutch speaking country, with regards to the commercial and personal tourism. Additionally, the service has reinforced bilateral trade relations. The service has proven to be a cost effective, efficient and reliable link between the territories. According to recent statistics provided by the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD), the Canawaima Ferry Service Incorporated facilitates a significant influx of at least 40,000 visitors from the Dutch territory annually.
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