Earlier this week, Bintan Resort Ferries (BRF)
held a naming ceremony for the two latest additions to its ferry
The two new ferries - the Wan Seri Beni and the
Wan Sendari - which are named after two prominent queens in Malay Srivijaya history, will reduce the traveling time between
Singapore and Bintan to just 45 minutes, compared to a previous
time of close to one hour.
The new ferries were built by established Dutch
ship maker, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem at a cost of Sin$31 million.
They can cruise at a speed of over 37 knots
compared to the current ferries’ speed of about 28 knots.
ferries also feature the latest wave interceptor hardware which
will help to reduce excessive rocking and maintain stability in
choppy seas or high waves, providing for a smoother ride.
ferry has a total capacity of 300 seats of which 243 are allocated
for economy seats while the remainder form a new seating category
called the “Emerald Class” on the exclusive upper deck.
taking the Emerald Class service will not need to stand in queue
for immigration clearance upon arrival in Bintan as staff have
been specially assigned to handle the process while passengers
wait in comfort in the Bintan Executive lounge.
the new ferries feature a dedicated luggage compartment,
sophisticated bridge equipment and night vision capabilities to
enhance the safety of passengers.
“The investment in our new
ferries reflects our commitment towards growing and developing
Bintan Resorts as an attractive tourist and investment destination. These ferries build on the numerous new initiatives
that we have undertaken to date to attract and support new
investments, particularly for our Lagoi Bay Development. We have
put in new infrastructure and amenities on the island such as a
reservoir park, new dining and recreation outlets in the township
and a resort centre, to name but a few,” said BG (Ret) Chin Chow
Yoon, Chairman Bintan Resort Ferries who is also the Executive
Chairman of Bintan Resorts International.
“With these new
ferries, visitors can enjoy a complete Bintan experience from the
moment they step foot on the ferry where they can travel in comfort and enjoy a smooth hassle-free immigration and customs
clearance in Bintan. The experience then continues upon their
arrival in the resort of their choice.” BG Chin added.
inception in 1994, BRF has grown to cater to an increasing number
of visitors to Bintan Resorts. In 2008, Bintan Resorts welcomed
close to 400,000 visitors and to date, BRF has transported more
than 3.6 million international passengers to Bintan Resorts.
2015, the number of visitors is expected to reach about one
million annually as more hotel rooms and amenities are introduced
in Bintan Resorts as part of the recently launched Lagoi Bay
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