Within a couple of months Aruba and Curacao will have the agreement about fast ferry connecting the islands. And before the end of 2018 the 2nd agreement with the operator, according to Aruban Minister of Transport Chris Romero.
Romero indicated that the ferry would be 120 meters long, to easily transport 800 people and around 300 cars.
Image: Port Oranjestad (Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles)
The Spanish company Fred Olsen Express has been interested in a ferry service between the isles for years, as well as Dutch company Waterbus. Turkish company also registered last week, but the minister didn't want to mention the name.
An important requirement is the operator also invests in port facilities, but assumes this is no more than half a million guilders.
The Aruban minister added he did not expect that a crossing would cost more than 100 florins per person.
Container transport between the islands is very expensive. The fast ferry is due to boost tourism in the area.