The Daily Herald writes today that the Sint Maarten Parliament expressed its desire for a high speed ferry service to link St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius via a unanimously adopted motion tabled by National Alliance (NA) faction leader Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet in a plenary session on Wednesday, writes The Daily Herald.
The motion is related to a similar ferry service that will take to the waters to link Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire in the near future. The ferry service was discussed in the early January Tripartite Meeting of the government of St. Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba held here.
A feasibility study on the local tri-island ferry still has to be carried out. MPs Franklin Meyers and Theo Heyliger of the United People’s (UP) party voiced concern about how such a service could impact the viability of local carrier Windward Islands Airways International Winair.
The ferry is envisioned to carry people, cargo and vehicles. Another concern was what impact such a carrying capacity would have on car rentals on the islands as well as other charter boat services, many of which are small and medium businesses.