Guyana/Suriname Ferry Service back in operation on Thursday

24th September, 2019

Guyana/Suriname Ferry Service back in operation on Thursday

(Monday, September 23, 2019) – Guyana and Suriname officials have agreed to recommence operation of the Guyana/Suriname Ferry Service on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

The Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, lead by Honourable Minister David Patterson and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today, represented the Canawaima Ferry Service Inc. in a joint meeting with the Surinamese Government lead by His Excellency Vijay Chotkan, Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication.

This discourse was requested since the MV Canawaima vessel has been docked for several months now. The two Nations met to iron out their obligations, challenges, and discrepancies between the parties.

Among some of the topics discussed were; Procurement regulations on the part of both Governments, the disparity of salaries, living quarters for crew members, scope of works, and arrangement of frequent meetings and the recommencement date of service to both the Guyanese and Surinamese counterpart.

Honourable Minister David Patterson in his opening remarks stated, “to date it has been 120 days since the MV Canawaima was withdrawn from service and 117 days of the nonoperation of the service between Guyana and Suriname.” He further noted that, “the situation was unfortunate since there was a substitute vessel to provide the service and hopes that there is no further reoccurrence.”

Ambassador of the Republic of Suriname in Guyana, His Excellency Ebu R. Jones highlighted that the meeting was one of importance since the safety of their citizens were immensely taken into consideration because of the nonoperation of the Guyana/Suriname Ferry Service.

More so, Minister Chotkan stated that he wants to leave with a resolution, so, at the end of the discourse he can affirmatively answer the calls of the journalists and indicate that the Ferry Service will be up and running. He further noted that this service is important to both countries economically and socially as persons traverse daily via this service.
Inter alia, the delegations came to an amicable solution at the end of the day’s discussions. One such major solution emanating from the meeting was the resumption of the ferry service to the people of Guyana and Suriname.

It was agreed that both parties will advertise the resumption of the Ferry Service within the next two days and the Ferry Service will recommence operation on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

With that being said, the Government of Guyana and the Government of Suriname wishes to advise the public that M.B. Sandaka will be in operation on the date aforementioned date until further advised. Additionally, the vessel will depart Moleson Creek Terminal - Guyana at 9:00 hrs. (Check-in: 06:30hrs to 08:00hrs) and depart South Drain- Suriname at 11:30hrs (check-in: 08:00hrs.- 10:00hrs) - their respective local times.

The travelling public is asked to take into consideration that the M.B. Sandaka cannot accommodate 20ft and 40ft containers and trucks with height and width in excess of 3 meters and 2.7 meters respectively.

Both counterparts wish to thank the travelling public for their patience and cooperation.