Macau: Cotai Waterjets company launches sea links with Hong Kong

29 November 2007

Macau, China, 29 Nov – Sea transport company Cotai Waterjets, linked to the company which manages the Venetian Macau tourist resort, is due Friday to launch routes between Hong Kong and the Pac-On provisional terminal, located on Taipa island near Macau airport.

Coti Waterjets will use 48-meter catamarans built by Australian company Austral Ships, with a capacity for 411 passengers and a top speed of 42 knots.

The company currently has five catamarans, which are painted blue and have the word “The Cotai Strip” on their sides, ready to run the routes and a further seven are being built in the Australian shipyards.

Each catamaran costs around US$10 million.

Cotai Waterjets’ catamarans in Hong Kong will use the Shun Tak Center sea terminal and ticketing and logistics services will be the responsibility of Chu Kong Passenger Services (CKS), which uses the same terminal.

CKS carried out sea links in the area of the Pearl River Delta linking Hong Kong to Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shunde, Foshan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhuhai.

Naviagation company Turbojet, of the Shun Tak group, led by Pansy Ho, daughter of Macau gaming and gambling magnate Stanley Ho, and which runs most of the sea links between Hong Kong and Macau, will not use the new terminal on Taipa Island due to a government decision.

Cotai Waterjets has already shown interest in also carrying out direct links between Macau and Hong Kong airport.

Austral Ships is also building two 47-meter catamarans for New World First ferry (Macau), which links Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong to Macau.

The company has already built 36 catamarans, which are currently running routes in China and Hong Kong. (macauhub)