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Netherlands to support fast ferry between Dutch Antilles islands
Published on October 22, 2015 Email To Friend    Print Version


WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Netherlands will assist the Dutch Antilles islands with their plans for a rapid and daily ferry service between Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. Such ferries can provide a huge boost to the three islands, especially for the economy and tourism.

The Dutch minister of kingdom relations, Ronald Plasterk announced last Tuesday in Willemstad that the Netherlands wants to play an active and coordinating role, including in technical and legal terms.

At present there is no good ferry service between the islands. Everything goes by air. Transporting goods and people with a boat is cheaper and faster. Companies may be active on several islands and get a larger market. Also, people could make more use of schools and work on another island.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
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It has been tried before, and failed. Hopefully there will be boats used which are better suited to the tough conditions between these islands this time.
But, to be really effective a better system of free movement of people and goods must be implemented. Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire are effectively three different countries within the wonderfully designed Dutch compromise of their overseas territory. You can ride a bike freely between Rome and Amsterdam, but between the islands you will face a labyrinth of customs and immigration rules that will certainly keep the pencil-pushers happy.


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