Thursday June 21, 2012
Authorities fear for fishing boats and small craft
THE haze has not affected the Penang ferry service and movement of big ships in the Penang Port.
Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) marine department general manager Shaharudin Zakaria said they only feared for the safety of fishing boats and small craft using the channel.
“We are not worried of big ships as their navigation system and equipment allow them to have visibility for several nautical miles. These ships have to navigate through thick fog in Europe.
“Our ferries also have the latest equipment and global positioning system to help in navigation,” he said at a PPSB health event at the North Butterworth Container Terminal yesterday.
Also present was PPSB corporate general manager Abdul Rahim Abu Bakar.
A total of 123 PPSB workers and their family members donated blood during the event.
Shaharudin said PPSB had advised its navigation staff to be cautious in the channel because of fishing boats and small craft that use the channel.
Abdul Rahim said the company did not foresee a major drop in vehicles using the ferry service after the opening of the second Penang bridge in September next year.
He said they have loyal customers who use the ferry daily to go to work in George Town, especially those living in Butterworth, Seberang Jaya and their surrounding areas.
He also said there had been a sharp increase in pedestrian passengers over the last several years, adding that PPSB was prepared to accommodate a 5% to 7% yearly increase in pedestrian passengers.