Maritime Passengers Transport in Burgas Bay

09.09.2019

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Photo: Burgas Sea Station

Burgas Municipality plans to purchase a new hydro bus under “Regions in Growth” operational programme. The ship will carry passengers to five sea ports in Burgas bay (Sarafovo, Kraymorie, Chengene Skele, St. Anastasia Isle and Magazia 1 in Burgs port). “The passenger vessel will be more reliable and better equipped than the one currently travelling between Burgas port and St. Anastasia Isle”, said the mayor of Burgas Mr. Dimitar Nikolov.

"We already have a port in Sarafovo and the construction of the jetty in Kraimorie will soon be finalized. In a short time the construction works in Chengene Skele will begin. A week ago a Government Decision provided the possibility to enlarge and modernize the quay in St. Anastasia Isle. Together with the territory of the Magazia at Burgas port we have 5 destinations to organize the internal transfers”, announced Dimitar Nikolov.

The new maritime taxi will have less passenger seats, but will also be more reliable. The project of the municipality is in its initial phase and will be consistent with the guidelines of the Maritime Administration on the technical parameters of the vessel. The mayor of Burgas, also urged the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications to simplify the procedures for coastal voyages, as well as the procedure for certifying new ports. He promised that this type of transportation will not be an exquisite municipal service, but also private companies and vessels will be allowed to perform voyages between the five ports.

The Director of Maritime Administration in Burgas, Zhivko Petrov pointed out that the infrastructure is almost at place and added that due to the large number of facilities in Burgas port smaller vessels shipping has increased in recent years. He also said that despite the already operating lines between Nessebar - Sozopol and Chernomorets - Sozopol Bulgarian legislation is not sufficiently developed in the area of maritime taxi transport. That is why they will soon proposal amendments in the regulations, building upon the experience of Denmark and Sweden.

It is expected that the whole project will be finalized by next summer.