Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ferry set to ply Brunei-Labuan route

LABUAN: A ro-ro ferry named MV Shuttle made its maiden trip from Muara, Brunei to the island yesterday as its prepares to ply between the two destinations early next month before the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

Upon its arrival, Labuan Member of Parliament, Datuk Yussof Mahal, was invited to tour the triple-decker vessel, which can transport up to 40 cars and 200 passengers.

Yussof told a press conference aboard the ferry that there is a need for an understanding between the two countries – Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam – to ensure smooth ferry operations for the convenience of both locals and tourists.

He said there must be certain requirements to be fulfilled by the governments of both countries, such as the regulations for the cars coming from Brunei and vice versa.

The two existing ferries plying between Labuan and Menumbok are insufficient, and there should be four to five ferries to meet the increasing demand, he said.

Meanwhile, Chin Mook Seng, the managing director of P.K.L Jaya Sdn Bhd, which operates the MV Shuttle, said travel on the ferry which was bought from Japan would be comfortable.

“We are planning to do four trips daily — two from Brunei and another two from this island,” he said.

“The trips from Muara, Brunei to this island will start at 9.30am and 3.30pm, while from here to Brunei will be at 11am and 5pm,” he said.

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