Ferry Connection Between Panama and Colombia

A shipping vessel owned by Panamerican Seaways with capacity for 1,500 passengers and 500 cars, will begin travelling in May between Cartagena de Indias in Colombia and Colon in Panama.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Operators calculate that between 800 and 1,000 people will be carried on the "Nissos Rodos" ferry per trip, with rates starting from $99 and going up to $508.

The ferry will leave Colon for Cartagena at 18.00 local time on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and will depart from Cartagena for Colon 2000 at the same time on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

The businessman Augusto Terracina, CEO of Colon 2000, said he expects that the Panamerican Seaways ship will transport about 105,000 Colombian tourists each year to Colon and some 45,000 Panamanians to Cartagena, reported Vanguardia.com.mx.

"It's a great opportunity because it will promote tourism in large numbers of passengers and also because it will be moving a lot of [commercial] cargo," said Terracina .

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Ferry Project from Panama to Colombia Revived

December 2012

Panamanian authorities have presented a project to a Spanish shipping company to establish a maritime connection between Colon and Cartagena.

The Tourism Authority of Panama has presented the project to the Spanish shipping company Acciona Trasmediterránea, who might be interested in operating the route.

Colombia – Panama Ferry Project Canceled "Sine Die"

October 2012

The company Panamerican Seaway announced at the beginning of the year that that the ferry would start functioning in May making its 12-hour journey which would link the port of Colon with the terminal of Cartagena.

The project aroused great expectations, but never materialized.

Still No Ferry Between Cartagena - Panama

June 2012

The start of operations was announced for May 10 but the permits from the governments of Colombia and Panama are still lacking.

Some internet postings point to the possibility that regional airlines are lobbying to prevent the activity of Cartagena-Colombia Ferry, which would pose serious competition.

Few Customers for the Colon - Cartagena Ferry

July 2015

Although they have not canceled the project, the company Aventuras 2000 has announced that it will restructure the business to try to make it viable.

One possibility is to rent a smaller boat to make the crossing, but this has not been confirmed by the company, which does not yet have a date for the second season of the ferry that connects the city of Colon in the province of Bocas del Toro and the port of Cartagena in Colombia.

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