Thursday, April 21, 2011
Baleària to launch a new fast ferry transport service in Miami this summer sailing to Bimini and Grand Bahama
The Spanish ferry operator Baleària plans to launch a new fast service from the port of Miami this summer. The line will sail to the islands of Bimini and Grand Bahama.
The company plans to operate the Miami-Bimini-Grand Bahama service on a daily basis (except Wednesdays) using the fast ferry Patricia Olivia. This vessel, which sails at a speed of 32 knots, has capacity for 450 passengers with 80 vehicles in the hold. The Patricia Olivia also offers services such as a cafe bar, duty free store, Slot Machines area (casino), first class accommodation and more.
The timetable of sailings will allow passengers to spend all day on Bimini: the ferry will leave at 9.00 am, return at 8.00 pm and the crossing will take approximately two hours. The company is offering a launch deal of excursions to the island for just $99 plus tax.
Baleària is one of the leading Spanish shipping lines, providing passenger and roll-on/roll-off sea transport services in the Spanish Mediterranean. The company provides regular services in the Balearic Islands (to the northwest of peninsular Spain) and in the Strait of Gibraltar (the main connection point between Europe and Africa), where it is the second-largest shipping line in terms of passenger numbers. The company operates a total of 21 lines by either ferry or fast ferry depending on the distance and the requirements of the crossing.
The company, which was created in 1998, has a workforce of 1,000 people. In 2010 Baleària handled the transportation of more than 3 million passengers and 3 million linear meters of roll-on/roll-off cargo, generating revenue of 230 million euros with a fleet of 14 vessels.