New Penang ferry launching in July – 250 pax, 50 bikes

New Penang ferry launching in July – 250 pax, 50 bikes

Penang’s new ferry service, powered by four new ferries, will start operations in mid-July. According to The Star, each ferry costs RM18 million and has the capacity of 250 passengers and 50 two-wheelers. Unlike the island’s classic ferry, the new one is not designed for cars.

Penang Port CEO Datuk Sasedharan Vasudevan said that travel time on the new ferry from Butterworth to the island will take around 10 minutes, which is as fast as the current boats and much faster than the 20-minute rides on the classic ferry.

Sasedharan also told the daily that the Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal on the island is currently being upgraded. Improvements include a 400 sqm facility with 25 retail outlets, an air-con waiting area with WiFi and phone chargers, and OKU-friendly facilities. It will be ready for the arrival of the new ferries.

On the mainland side, the Sultan Abdul Halim new terminal has been in operations since October 2022. At present, fast boats connect the Butterworth terminal to the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal on the island. The pictures you see here are of one of the new ferries called Teluk Bahang, snapped at a shipyard in Haiphong, Vietnam. What do you think of the new ferry’s look?

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  • But the proposed lrt doesn’t stop at the ferry terminal. It stops at komtar.

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    • Unimaginable Insanity...Poor Planning n EWxecution on May 10, 2023 at 8:00 pm

      Thats why it is called HAPHAZARD mgmt.As long as got projects ,will do.
      Whether the poor apek or bengkok auntie walk or take a connecting cab,no one give a damn.

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      • guess on May 11, 2023 at 11:12 am

        just guessing, maybe Heritage side cannot build lrt station. Saw the plan it will connect by tram if everything build.

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        • yes, LRT not suppose to intrude into heritage area, these day people just love to shoot off their mouth without knowing anything..LOL

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    • Aura89 on May 11, 2023 at 2:12 am

      LRT is for the rich folks staying on the island, it is NOT for poor ppl coming from Seberang Prai using ferry lar. Dont you see why Penang has been slowly forcing the poor to move out of island to be a upper mid/rich enclave mimicking PAP benefactor Sinkie?

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      • Batu Kawan resident club on May 11, 2023 at 12:47 pm

        Seberang Perai Bandar Utama is upper class neighborhood, not everyone is qualified under poor ppl cat.

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  • Hanif Fadzil Ali on May 11, 2023 at 10:11 am

    The 4 new ferries does not carry the cars. It’s cumbersome to visit with the family. Those from neighbouring states visiting penang will still drive through the bridges for the visit .

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    • Miri family on May 11, 2023 at 12:49 pm

      our family travels to Penang via flight bayan lepas then going round island via grab

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  • newme on May 11, 2023 at 10:38 am

    can Penang open up these service to other operators? I’m sick of incompetent operators. During rush hours, the jam on bride is so bad, and ferries are not helping to ease it.

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  • Sivan B.S on May 11, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    Looks very high tech.Bravo to the state government ‘s effort to make the lives of the rakyat easier n economical.Thank you.

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  • Francis SXI on May 14, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Do ur best Datuk Sasedharan. Thumbs up.
    At least it helps up the old folks, foreigner n school children using the ferry services.

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