Still No Ferry Between Cartagena - Panama

The start of operations was announced for May 10 but the permits from the governments of Colombia and Panama are still lacking.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Some internet postings point to the possibility that regional airlines are lobbying to prevent the activity of Cartagena-Colombia Ferry, which would pose serious competition.

According to an article in "Nissos Rodos is the name of the ship that will link the port of Colon 2000 in the city of Colon on the Caribbean Sea in the Republic of Panama with the Colombian port city of Cartagena, with a journey taking just 12 hours and costing $99 per person. "

At the time of the announcement of the Ferry, Deputy General Manager of the Tourism Authority of Panama, Ernesto Orillac, said: "This new way of traveling, this maritime link is very important and will diversify our supply."

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Ferry Connection Between Panama and Colombia

April 2012

A shipping vessel owned by Panamerican Seaways with capacity for 1,500 passengers and 500 cars, will begin travelling in May between Cartagena de Indias in Colombia and Colon in Panama.

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