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New Ferry Service Between Panama and Colombia Starts May 2012

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A new ferry between Colombia and Panama, which will start operating in May, will move tens of thousands of tourists annually and increase trade between the two countries, say project promoters. The investment for this project exceeds $15 million.

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Ferry Will Operate in May between Panama and Colombia.

The ferry will travel in 12 hours the 276 nautical miles that separate the Caribbean city of Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), Colon (Panama) as of May 10.

“We will be between 800 and 1,000 people every time we go. If there are 1,000 people and 150 outputs are talking about that between the two countries will be an exchange of 150,000 people, “said the businessman in Panama Augusto Terracina, CEO of Columbus 2000, a harbor cruise line will operate the ferry.

According to Terracina, is expected to ferry “Nissos Rodos”, the Panamerican Seaways shipping, transporting some 105,000 tourists each year Columbus Colombians and some 45,000 Panamanians to Cartagena.

“It’s a great opportunity because it will promote tourism in large numbers of passengers and also because it will be moving a heavy load” of trade between both countries, as the port of Colon is very close to the Panamanian free zone, he said.

“We have a very important trade and I’m sure this connectivity will increase,” said Terracina.
The investment for this project exceeds $ 15 million.

According to the promoters, the “Nissos Rodos”, with a Greek crew, can travel at speeds of 20 to 22 knots and can accommodate 1,484 passengers in its 565 seats and 60 cabins, including 10 luxury.

Besides restaurants, bar and theater, the boat has space for 500 cars and 2,000 square feet for cargo.
This ferry will depart at 1800 hours (2300 GMT) from Colon to Cartagena Monday, Thursday and Saturday at the same hour from Cartagena to Colon on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday, with rates ranging from 99 up to $ 508.

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