Car ferry to connect Kota Tinggi and Changi

The Star 1 Aug 12;

KOTA TINGGI: The first modern roll-on and roll-off (RoRo) ferry service between Malaysia and Singapore will be introduced by the end of next year.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the ferry service would link Tanjung Belungkur here and Changi.

He said a one-way trip between the two terminals would take less than 30 minutes.

The service, he said, would enable people to bring along their vehicles such as cars, vans and small lorries when they criss-crossed between the two countries.

“The RoRo service is quite similar to the ones in Penang and with this mode of transportation, the ministry expects this terminal to be quite busy.

A similar service was introduced at the terminal in 1993 but it ceased operations in 2002 due to lack of interest.

Kong said this time around, the RoRo service was expected to do a roaring business due to mega development projects around Pengerang and Mersing.

“We need to attract investors to come here and with the introduction of the service, the travelling time between the two countries would be considerably shorter,” he told a press conference after visiting the terminal here yesterday.