BUTTERWORTH: The brand new passenger ferry service from right here to the island continues to run easily, although it noticed a drop in passengers because of the motion management order, says Penang Port Fee chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng.
The brand new service, he stated, nonetheless made 54 journeys every day.
“The human visitors stream has not gone down a lot throughout peak hours. Within the mornings, we observed that the passenger depend solely went down by 30%.
“All through the day, although, it did go down by 60%. We’ll monitor the passenger stream earlier than deciding if we must always cut back service frequencies, ” he stated at Penang Sentral yesterday.
Tan receives a report each day on the variety of passengers, particularly throughout peak hours.
“We wish to make sure the passengers are on time for work as many important industries are nonetheless working, ” he stated, including that in addition they adopted Covid-19 SOP strictly.
“I’ve checked on this and am happy with the SOP compliance stage of the service.
“The ferries are sanitised 4 instances a day, each two hours or so.
“The sanitisation course of takes greater than half an hour as we’re thorough, ” he stated.
Tan stated whereas the ferry capability was 200 passengers per journey, crew members have been current to make sure they observe bodily distancing.
Beginning Jan 1, Penang’s ferry service noticed a brand new period of service with two quick boats for foot passengers whereas one of many previous ferries is for two-wheeler automobiles solely.
From 6.30am to 11pm, there’s a journey each 20 to 30 minutes, as much as 27 spherical journeys per day.
That is the interim section till June 30 subsequent yr whereas the ferry terminals are being upgraded and hi-tech water buses and vehicular ferries are being constructed.