Vehicles using the state-run ferry services increased by 44 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year and passenger movement saw a 17 percent rise when compared to 2012, according to a statement yesterday from the Ministry of Public Works.
It reported Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) General Manager Marclene Merchant as saying that the increased numbers were due to the reliability of the ferries.
Merchant disclosed that in 2012 passengers, vehicles and cargo totalled 282,784; 40,611 and 113,257 respectively.
However, those figures climbed in 2013 – passengers who travelled totalled 331,352; vehicles 58,502 and cargo 125,600. These numbers represented 17, 44 and 10 percent hikes respectively.
The release said that revenue generated from passengers totalled $89,540,080; vehicles $227,122,020 and cargo $283,304,112 in 2013.