The citizens of Loreto will have a second ferry at their service in March of this year. The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), through the operator of the Iquitos-Santa Rosa river route, is about to conclude the transfer to the capital of Loreto of the Amazonas II Ferry.
The Amazonas II ferry, designed and built in a European shipyard, will cover the 486 km route between the capital of Loreto and the border town of Santa Rosa.
The implementation of this new ferry service is part of the MTC’s commitment to improve river transportation conditions in the region and to have environmentally friendly and sustainable transportation for the Amazon.
The MTC promoted the acquisition of the second ferry, which will ensure that the river transportation service on the Iquitos-Santa Rosa route meets the needs of the citizens and guarantees the continuity of the service.
“The objective is to provide safe and dignified transportation for the citizens of the Amazon. The new vessel has all the necessary equipment for a comfortable and safe trip for users,” said the head of MTC, Eduardo Gonzalez.
The Amazonas II ferry, like the Amazonas I ferry, will connect the main cities and communities located along the 486 kilometers of the route between Iquitos and the border town of Santa Rosa (adjacent to the triple border with Colombia and Brazil). The intermediate towns of Indiana, Pebas, San Pablo and Caballococha will also be served.
The second ferry will be used in situations that prevent the first ferry from providing services. Thus, the citizens of Loreto will have at their permanent disposal a safe and efficient means of transportation, which is subsidized by the MTC.
This Amazonas II is valued at 4 million euros and will have a capacity for 300 passengers. In addition, it has rafts and life jackets for travelers, digital information system for navigation and real time location, and adequate environments for luggage storage and displacement of passengers in need of medical attention.
The MTC will continue to subsidize the 200 tickets on the Iquitos-Santa Rosa section so that Loreto citizens can travel and have access to more alternatives for work, education and health.
The Amazonas I ferry resumed service on October 29, 2020, after interprovincial transportation was suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. From that date until January 31, 2021, it carried 12,206 passengers.