New Gulf of Nicoya ferry ready to enter into service

Tambor III in the gulf. Photo: Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes

The Tambor III, the new, Peruvian-built ferry, will be entering into service shortly after administrative details are worked out, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

The new ferry will replace the Tambor I and has a capacity of 160 vehicles, four times the number that Tambor I can carry.

The ministry said that the new ferry is now in the Gulf of Nicoya after a trip from El Callao where it was built.

The boat will be on the Puntarenas-Paquera route bringing tourists and supplies to the southern Nicoya peninsula.
The boat is 82.4 meters long, some 270 feet, and cost $7 million.

The ferries are operated by Naviera Tambor S.A., which is associated with the Hotel Tambor which is south of Paquera.

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