The Netherlands supports the initiative of the development of a daily fast ferry connection between Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire
The Netherlands supports the initiative of the development of a daily fast ferry connection between the three islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. Such an overseas connection can give a significant boost to the economy of the islands and can contribute to improving the movement of people and goods between the three islands. Minister Plasterk (Interior and Kingdom Relations) said this in his opening speech of the Kingdom Conference in Curaçao.
A feasibility study commissioned by Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire has already started. After completing this study, there should be clarity about the necessary preconditions, such as port facilities and customs and immigration procedures. It is already clear that the exchange of information and cooperation between the relevant departments of the three countries Aruba, Curaçao o and the Netherlands is necessary. The Netherlands wants to enable this and play an active and coordinating role, including by providing more technical assistance in the field of ICT and legal issues.
The economic and social effects for Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire can be enormous if cheaper transport of people and goods would be made possible through the construction of a daily fast ferry connection. Now there is no good boat connection between the 3 islands and most transportation is via air. With a fast ferry connection between the islands the market for enterprises would become much larger, which can make it easier and more interesting to be active on several islands. The connection can also create more opportunities for tourism and other services. Social developments can be stimulated, like training and work. Travelling for the population – who often have family living on several islands – can also become easier and cheaper.
Source: Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, The Netherlands