Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bulgaria, Romania to Be Linked by New Danube Ferry in April


Sofia News Agency
2010-02-22

A new ferry line connecting Bulgaria and Romania across the Danube River will be launched officially on April 2, 2010.

The ferry boat complex connecting Bulgaria’s town of Nikopol and Romania’s Turnu Magurele is going to be opened in April, according to Valeriy Zhelyazkov, Mayor of the Nikopol Municipality.

Zhelyazkov has announced that at the end of last week, a successful test of the Romanian platform for passengers and freight was carried out.

The distance between the two ferry stations is 800 m. It will take 8 minutes to cross the Danube River for the Romanian ferry boat, which, according to the Nikopol Mayor.

The Bulgarian Port of Nikopol is first going to use an older ferry boat to be provided by Bulgarian River Shipping, Jsc, which will be making the distance in 15 minutes. Later, a brand new ferry boat is planned to be purchased.

The Romanian ferry boat will be able to fit six trucks, and will be traveling at least twice daily.

Crossing the Danube on the Nikopol - Turnu Magurele ferry will cost EUR 2 per person one-way, EUR 12 per car, and EUR 90-100 per truck.

The investment in the construction of the Nikopol – Turnu Magurele complex is EUR 10 M.

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