BANDAR PENAWAR, March 31 – The ferry service operator at Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal is still awaiting final approval from the Singapore Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) before it can begin operations.
Chief Operating Officer of Batam Fast Perry Pte Ltd, Chua Choon Leng, said Desaru Link Ferry Services Pte Ltd, however, has not set a date for the first ferry trip.
Desaru Link Ferry Services is a subsidiary of Batam Fast, which has been appointed by Desaru Coast, as the ferry operator at the terminal.
“We hope approval will be obtained as soon as possible, but again, this involves two countries and multiple agencies, so there are various assessments involved.
“So until then, once we get the approval, we will definitely make an appropriate announcement to everyone,” he said at a press conference after the official ceremony at the ferry terminal in Desaru here today.
Also in attendance was the Managing Director and Managing Director of Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn Bhd, Roslina Arbak.
Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal, which will be the 16th international entry point in Johor, will have a passenger ferry service connecting the terminal directly to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore.
The ferry, capable of accommodating 300 passengers at any one time, is expected to operate two round trips on weekends and one round trip on a normal day.
Earlier, the Ruler of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar graced the opening of the ferry terminal which is expected to boost the growth of the tourism sector and the economy of South East Johor.
He was accompanied by Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar Al-Haj Sultan Ibrahim.
Also present were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi. — Bernama