Tourism given a boost with new ferry
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Tourism given a boost with new ferry

New passenger ferry inaugurated in Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE: A new ferry capable of carrying 156 passengers was launched last week in a bid to improve the tourism potential of Inyaka island in Maputo Bay.

The new vessel will replace the current ferry which had a carrying capacity of only 70 and cut the transit time drastically to just 45 minutes from Maputo.

Speaking at the launch of the vessel, President Filipe Nyusi said that the acquisition of the vessel aims to respond to calls from the islanders dating back to 2016 to upgrade the transport between the island and the mainland.

Purchased in Greece at a cost of $2.7 million, the vessel will initially transit five days a week, but will look to increase the frequency should there be enough demand.

The Government of Mozambique is aiming to exploit the natural potential of the island for tourism. Inyaka is characterised by beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity, with more than 12,000 species registered, of which 150 species of coral as well as 300 species of birds, and turtles.

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