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01 December 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 06:58 GMT+1

May 18, 2020

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Interferry expresses optimism about the recovery of the Ferries

Carrigan; Ferries will be the way to privileged transport by those travelling for tourism

Interferry, the international association representing shipping companies operating ferry services, welcomed European Commission guidelines on tourism and transport, which aim to bring tourism back into the safety travel, drastically limited by many weeks to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and to revive the industry guidelines that also include guidelines for tourism restoration of air, sea, rail and rail transport services Road.

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan "The global ferry industry is ready to contribute to the safe reopening of non-public travel essentials.' In this regard, Corrigan recalled that interferry itself had recently published its own lines best practices guide for a recovery safety of ferry services as soon as the local authorities had authorized their restart: "we hope -- he a positive response from the European Commission to the guidelines of ferry operators can give other administrations around the world the security that operators of ferries are ready for an orderly and carefully restart monitored passenger services.'

A reboot that Interferry believes will take place gradually and, initially, circumscribed in the regional area, with trips that this summer they will probably be made mainly in national or local area. However, the association expressed optimism about the chances of recovery: remembering that "the passenger traffic was almost non-existent during the pandemic, with operators being limited maintenance of consumer goods supplies only based on - he pointed out - of economic losses however, Carrigan noted that, 'in the at a time when the restrictions are loosening up it's Ferries are likely to be the way to transport preferred by those travelling for tourism given the ability to comply with the provisions for the physical distance and given the many security measures industry has adopted.'

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