More than 300 passengers stood frustrated at the Supenaam Ferry Stelling yesterday, as they were denied access to the roll-on ferry, Kanawan, for almost an hour.
The ferry was scheduled to depart the Supenaam Stelling for Parika at 16:00hrs yesterday. Reports are, however, that the Kanawan failed to start due to engine problems, thus delaying departure time for up to an hour yesterday.
In the meantime, passengers – most of whom were returning to Georgetown after the holidays – were stranded outside the gates. Vehicles waiting to board the Chinese-built vessel, on the other hand, were backed up to the main road.
The two Chinese made ferries, Kanawan and Sabanto, are the two most important vessels plying the Supenaam to Parika route, via the Essequibo River.
Passengers continue to complain bitterly, however, about the poor and sluggish service which is being offered by these two ferries. Just recently, passengers were stranded on the stelling after one of the ferries was reportedly out of fuel.
Instead of boarding the ferry on schedule, passengers were forced to wait outside, some with heavy baggage – tired and hungry.
Businesses also depend on the ferry to have their goods and produce transported out of the region. The ambulance service also makes use of the ferry when taking patients for surgery to the city.
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