State ferries saw higher traffic in 2013 – Ministry

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.




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