Penang’s ferry only for bicycle, motorcycle from Jan 1

by TMR / Pic by BERNAMA

PENANG Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB), a member of the MMC Group, will only be providing ferry services to motorcyclists and cyclists apart from passengers from Jan 1, 2021.

In a statement recently, PPSB said based on Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong’s advice, the port will provide free services for foot passengers for two weeks from Jan 1-Jan 14.

“PPSB is committed to providing reliable ferry services and facilities for the public. Subsequent updates will be shared on the PPSB website,” it said.

On Saturday, Bernama reported that ferry services for four-wheeled vehicles will not be provided from the same date.

Penang Port Commission (SPPP) chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng was reported as saying that the ferry service operation for motorcycles and bicycles is between Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim (SAH) in Butterworth and Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda Jetty on the island.

“Also, there will be ferry services for passengers by using fast ferry boats from the Pengkalan SAH base to the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal on the island,” he said.

He added that the use of fast ferry boats and the existing ferries was an interim measure before the introductions of the new ferries, namely “water bus” and “vehicle transporter” on July 1, 2022 or earlier.

Tan said during the interim period, both Pengkalan SAH and Raja Tun Uda jetty will be renovated and upgraded to operate the new ferries (water bus and vehicle transporter) to provide a more efficient ferry service and comfortable terminals for all users.

“SPPP assures that the ferry services will not be interrupted even though there are renovation works at both terminals and during the interim period the existing ferry fares will be maintained,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said a shuttle bus service to take passengers from the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal to Raja Tun Uda jetty will be provided for free using fast ferry boats.

He said the shuttle bus service would make it easier for passengers to continue their journey by taking a bus or taxi at Raja Tun Uda jetty.

“This shuttle bus service is provided free of charge to take passengers who disembark at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal to Raja Tun Uda jetty to make it easier for them to get a bus or taxi service to continue their journey,” he said. —by TMR