Feb 01 2013
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Saudi-Sudan ferry service resumes
Passenger ferry services between Saudi Arabia and Sudan are back to normal following months in hiatus. People familiar with the maritime transportation industry in Jeddah confirmed late yesterday that after delays due to ship maintenance requirements operations between the two nations have resumed. "One of the first ferry boats left Jeddah port on Thursday for Sudan's Sawakein port with 300 passengers on board," said Nama seaport transportation official Salah Oraibi.
Oraibi said the ferry service between Sawakein and Jeddah will eventually become steady, and reach 24 trips per month with three weekly trips averaging 20,000 passengers. "The resumption of maritime services between the two countries comes at a time when the Umrah season is in full swing as more and more pilgrims travel by sea to Jeddah. In addition, the ships transport Sudanese laborers to the Kingdom," said Oraibi.
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