NFC ferried 205,000 people, 52,000 vehicles last year - Monday, 11 January 2016

The National Ferries Company (NFC) has registered a growth in the number of passengers transported by the company’s fleet last year.

The NFC statistics showed the number of passengers reached 205,579 during 2015 compared to 92,724 passengers in 2014, comprising a growth of 121 per cent.

The number of vehicles shipped on the company’s ferries during 2015 stood at 52,771 compared to 21,048 vehicles during 2014. Freight movement rose to reach 8,232 tonnes last year.

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NFC chief executive Mehdi Bin Mohammed Al Abdwani said the growth in the number of passengers and vehicles is attributed to the launch of Khasab-Daba route and Daba-Lima route, in addition to the increase in the number of voyages during the religious and national holidays.

He said the Shannah-Masirah route witnessed the highest activity during 2015 as 168,227 passenger were transported, constituting 82 per cent of the total number of the passengers and comprising occupancy rate of 44 per cent in terms of passengers.

The occupancy rate of  service in the Lima-Daba route stood at 75 per cent with 5,424 passengers transported through the route that was launched in September 2015.